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Friday, August 24, 2018 50¢ plus tax Vol. 109 No. 101 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee County residents who have been navigating a 20-mile detour due to damages to the Northeast 304th Street bridge from Hurricane Irma will have to wait a little longer for relief. Bids on the bridge repair were on the agenda for the Aug. 23 Okeechobee County Commission meeting, but instead of giving the job to the low bidder, the commissioners sent the project back to the engineer after learning that concerns about the natural gas pipeline and Florida Power & Light lines in the area had not been addressed. Commissioner David Hazellief said some potential bidders complained they were unable to get all of the information they needed in order to bid. In particular, there are concerns about the locations of gas lines and power lines, and the restrictions in regard to those N.E. 304th St. bridge repairs delayed Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) has issued an open casting call for roles in its upcoming production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical, Oklahoma!Ž to be performed in November, and for the patriotic performance piece, Mail Call,Ž which will be presented in December. OCT seeks new cast for Oklahoma! Special to the Okeechobee NewsNew ”ag for Kings BayVeterans of Foreign Wars Big Lake Post 10539, with assistance from The Okeechobee Veterans Council, dedicated a new ”ag and ”agpole for the Kings Bay subdivision after the original was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Present were Post Commander Kevin Stripling, OCVC Glen Sparks, Post Senior Vice Commander Dennis Conner and Post 10539 Auxiliary President Viki Plotts. Accepting on behalf of Kings Bay are (left to right) Mary Jurs, Courtney Moyett and Sue Clark, with District 11 Chief of Staff Rex Erwin. 14.57 feetLast Year: 13.39 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Dollar General planned on US 441... Page 7 Salute to OHS football ... INSIDE Blood donors needed... Page 4 to increase 3% ... Page 8 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Delgall Foundation plans after school program...Page 21 See BRIDGE„ Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe 1991 Okeechobee Community Theatre production of Oklahoma!Ž played to sold-out audiences. See PLAY „ Page 5 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee Countys Emergency Medical Services (EMS) assessment will increase by 27 percent for the countys 2018-19 “scal year. The new rates were approved at the Aug. 23 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. EMS assessment for residential properties will be $103.53 per dwelling unit annually. Rates for hotels, motels and RV parks will be $7.10 per room or RV space. Commercial businesses and warehouses will be assessed according to the size of the building. Commercial businesses of less than 2,000 square feet will pay $96 per year. Warehouses of less than 2,000 sq. ft. will pay $1. The highest rate, for businesses with buildings more than 140,000 sq. ft., is $13,475. The rate for warehouses larger than 140,000 sq. ft. is $124. EMS assessment up 27%


Today: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 91F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.Extended ForecastSaturday: Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 89F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Saturday Night: Variably cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Sunday: Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. High 89F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Okeechobee Forecast 2 Okeechobee News August 24, 2018 UP TO50 %OFFand MORE! GIANT SALE2 DAY Warehouse Clearance Center August 31st AND Sept 1st PLUS Get an Extra 10%*OFFAugust 28th thru Sept 3rdONLY!Accent Pieces • Bedroom • Living Room • Accessories • Rugs • Lamps• Linens King or Queen512 North W. Park Street, Okeechobee Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm ~ Sat. 9am to 5pm Linda Ballinger, Owner on purchase of $1499.95 or more Family-Owned & Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 € Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Out-Patient erapy € Long-Term Nursing Care Available 24/7 € Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing € Delicious Meals € Fun & Stimulating Activities Five-Star Rated We Love to Care! Okeechobee Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226 Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis helps Childrens RanchThe Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee held their annual Real Life Childrens Ranch School Supply Drive on Aug. 2, raising $4,000 in cash and more in school supplies to bene“t the Real Life Childrens Ranch (RLCR) in Okeechobee. The Kiwanis Club has taken on this event for well over 10 years. Two members of the club who wish to remain anonymous matched the donations dollar for dollar up to $1,000. Each year, the club invites representatives from Real Life Childrens Ranch to accept a check along with supplies and then speak to the club about Real Life Childrens Ranch. This year, Paul Vedder, who is a foster parent at RLCR, spoke to the club about his experiences. Founded in 1957, Real Life Childrens Ranch exists to provide a Christian residential group home that cares for boys and girls who have been abused, abandoned and/or neglected. Pictured left to right are Ken Keller, Paul Vedder and Sherri En“nger. Flea market hosts Friday Night LightsOKEECHOBEE „ Trading Post Flea and Farmers Market, 3100 U.S. 441 S. in Okeechobee, will host Friday Night Lights on Oct. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will include arts, crafts, merchandise, food and family fun. Admission is free. For more information, call 863-763-4114 Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or email


August 24, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Political advertisement paid for and approved by Deborah M. Hooker for County Court Judge


Special to the Okeechobee News The Back Pack Program at Okeechobee High School has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist Top 200 Finalist and needs your votes! The Back Pack Program sponsored by NHS of Okeechobee High School needs your help by voting for them to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm to help improve their community. Starting Aug. 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address could vote for their favorite cause at www. The Back Pack Program sponsored by NHS at Okeechobee High School has until Aug. 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET to rally votes, and anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. On Sept. 25, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the af“liated nonpro“ts. The Back Pack Program is run by a group of high school students at OHS. The programs aim is to ensure that children in the program have adequate food over the weekends during the school year. The purpose of this grant would be to provide funding for another year, as well as the opportunity to expand the program to serve more children in our community for a longer period o f time. Use this link to vote: The Back Pack Program currently serves 150 elementary students in our community. This does not scratch the surface. The community needs to be aware that hunger is an issue, and this program is a way that high school students can give back and make a difference, but they need “nancial help to do it. State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 “nalists from 2,000 submissions. Lake level€ There was a commissioner around Fort Myers, Ray Juda I believe. Well, ole Ray screamed and hollered about the lake releases down the Caloosahatchee River and how it was affecting and destroying everything. Well, six months later Ray is back in the news screaming we need more water from Lake Okeechobee because of the salinity. Most of these people have no clue about Lake Okeechobee or the Kissimmee River. They only want votes.Ž … Jack Grayson € I bet Brian Mast has never been to Okeechobee. He doesnt care about Lake Okeechobee.Ž … April Nettles Garcia € The lake level must be kept below 16 feet or it will kill the marshes around the edge. The marshes clean the water. They are essential to the health of the system. Let the lake go too low and there is no backup water supply for the urban areas in a drought. Its a balancing act. I would suggest adjusting the schedule to 11 ft. at the bottom end instead of 12.5. Starting rainy season at 11 ft. w ould mean much less chance of having to release water to the St. Lucie.Ž … K. Booker € Mast doesnt look at the entire picture from Orlando south. The government started messing this up in the 60s, straightening the Kissimmee River along with Alligator Alley and the Tamiami Trail slowing and stopping the ”ow south.Ž -Carl Aaron € Like politicians everywhere, Mast is looking for a simple solution to a complicated problem so he can claim he “xed the problem and get votes. Stopping the lake releases to the St. Lucie will help, but it wont solve the water problems on that coast. Seventy percent of the water that enters the estuaries is local basin runoff. And the local basin runoff is higher in nutrient load than the lake water. The lake releases are just a small part of the problem. The coastal residents wont get serious about cleaning up their own mess as long as they are allowed to blame the lake for all their problems.Ž … J. Zimpel € Well, we can see how much Brian Mast knows about Lake Okeechobee. You cant even navigate the lake at 8 ft. Pretty easy to see hes from the coast. Lets just drain the lake, Brian! Let just kill off all of the communities around the lake, that will save the coast.Ž … Charles HoodTraf“c light€ A couple weeks or so ago, I sent an email regarding the traf“c light at State Road 78 & Parrott that the left turn signal wasnt working. They “xed it, but now only two cars can make the turn before the yellow light comes on. Sometimes only one can make it if the second car is slow trying to beat the yellow light.Ž … AnonymousConcert boat€ I can just imagine the concert boat traveling around the lake, stopping at different places to host concerts. It could bring the music to the people all around the lake. Lock 7 would be a great place for a concert. People would be up on the dike or on the pier. Maybe they could do something special at Okee-Tantie after Bass Pro “xes it up. What a great idea to have a concert boat on Lake Okeechobee.Ž … K. Booker € So cool. I remember celebrating the Bicentennial when I was super little in Pahokee. My parents had a red, white and blue jersey that read Spirit of 76.Ž … Jocelyn Weeks Elliott Blood donors neededThis is an open letter to all who have ever received a blood transfusion. It is you who know, “rsthand, the value of blood donation. It is you who feel gratitude to those who took time to give of themselves so that blood was on hand when you needed it. It is you who are alive because someone donated blood. It is you who have been able to hold your baby because technology provided the means to have safe, available blood at a critical moment. Roundup volunteer Susan Williams has written stories every year about these miracles. Today we ask you, and those whose stories have not yet been told, to contact us so we can let all of Okeechobee see the many people whose lives have been saved, healed and improved by receiving blood at any time. Volunteers are preparing for the 13th annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup, which will be held Nov. 17 and 18 at the Freshman Campus. Prior to that event, we hope to build a large group of recipients which we can gather and photograph to show the necessity of continuing to donate blood. Please call Raye at 863-467-2557 and help us save even more lives through this effort. A future recipient will thank you. Raye Deusinger, Blood Roundup chairman August 24, 2018 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter to the editor Publisher/Editor: Katrina ElskenCirculation Manager: Cindy Eckert The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues. Speak Out comments can be shared i n several ways. Comments on local are welcome on the newspapers w ebsite at, in t he comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off w ritten, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News of“ce, 107 S .W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 3 4974; or, email anonymous or signed S peak Out comments to Okeenews@ n Thanks for participating i n our discussion of local issues! Program to feed area children needs publics help 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.


utility lines. He said the county may have to change the design due to the placement of these lines. Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs said the engineer should have gotten all of that information before designing the project. If he cant get it straight, then Johnson Engineering should put someone in charge who can get it straight,Ž said Chairman Burroughs. If the information is incomplete, these guys dont know what they are bidding on,Ž he said. Weve got other interested bidders who have not gotten answers to their questions,Ž said Commissioner Bradley Goodbread. He said he doesnt want to take the low bid and then wind up with extensive and expensive change orders if the engineers design wont work due to the utility lines. In the drawing, the gas line and the power line are mentioned,Ž said Mr. Hazellief. He said the engineer should have met with the utility companies to get the accurate information in regard to the requirements for building on the property. How can you design something if you dont take that into consideration?Ž he asked. At Chairman Burroughs suggestion, the commissioners agreed to throw out the original bids and readvertise for bids on the project after the engineer gets the needed information from the utility companies. He added they need to make sure the engineer answers all the questions potential bidders have about the project requirements and design. Were sort of trying to make a decision without all of the information,Ž said Count y Attorney John Cassels. Commissioner Kelly Owens suggested the county get the questions answered and, if the original design will work, moving forward with the bids received. She said they need to complete the repairs as quickly as they can. A 20 mile detour could affect the safet y and welfare of the citizens in an emergenc y situation, she said. Mr. Goodbread said the engineer should have gathered all of the information before releasing the design for the bidding process. Its like planning a bachelor party without asking your wife if you can go “rst,Ž he quipped. BRIDGEContinued From Page 1 Auditions for both shows will be held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Aug. 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. at the theatre at 610 S.W. Second Ave. in Okeechobee, one block west of Golden Corral restaurant. Participants will have the option of trying out for either one or both shows. Rehearsals for Mail CallŽ w ill not begin until after the Oklahoma!Ž performance dates, so there will be no con”ict. No previous performance experience is required. Parts are available for at least ten men and ten women to perform in Oklahoma!Ž w hich contains such song favorites as Oh, W hat a Beautiful Morning,Ž People Will Say W ere in Love,Ž and Surrey With the Fringe on Top.Ž It is also possible that the cast can be expanded to include a very limited number of teens. We performed the show 27 years ago, but decided to bring it back this season w hen we noted that this is the 75th anniversary of its premier on Broadway,Ž said OCT Director Ron Hayes. Since this is the OCTs own 40th anniversary, it just seemed appropriate to celebrate the two events together. Oklahoma! was the “rst large-cast musical w e produced, back in 1991. It really connected with our audience. Several performances sold out, and we had to turn people away at the box of“ce.Ž Mail CallŽ is not a musical, but one cast member will perform one song. There are roles in that show for four men and four w omen, with an additional role which could be either. This unique production is based on actual letters sent to and from soldiers on the front lines during war time. Besides the expected poignant segments, the show is surprisingly funny, and highly patriotic. Auditions for both shows are designed to be non-threatening. Participants will be asked to read a short passage from a provided script, and, if trying out for a singing role, to sing a song of his or her choice, without accompaniment. There is also the usual need for people to work behind the scenes as members of the stage crew, building and painting sets, creating costumes and props, ushering and a host of other duties. Anyone wishing to be involved in any of these areas should also attend one of the two audition sessions to sign up. More information is available on the theatres website, or by calling Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-7631307. In March, the theatre will present The Tin Woman,Ž which is described as a dark comedy. Based on a true story, it concerns a young woman who spirals into deep depression after receiving a heart transplant. Then, hoping to “nd closure, she seeks out the family of the young man whose heart she received. Experiencing their own grief, will they be ready welcome her presence in their lives? Auditions for The Tin WomanŽ will be held in December. Season tickets for all three shows are now on sale for just $28. Single show tickets are $12 each, and will go on sale in early October. Information on how to purchase season tickets is available on the website. Okeechobee Community Theatre, now in its 40th year, is an all-volunteer organization of local adults and young people who enjoy producing high quality, live Broadway-style comedies, dramas and musicals for area audiences, without the requirement of the long drive out of town. It is billed as Floridas most reasonably priced live stage theatre.Ž It is a member of the Florida Theatre Conference and the American Association of Community Theatre. PLAYContinued From Page 1 The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County invites you to join us as we honor and celebrate Karen Cooper, ARNP on her retirement after 29 years serving the community and welcome our new provider Shermeika Greene, PA-C Friday, August 31, 2018 2 pm 4 pm Light Refreshments will be served. Okeechobee County Health Department1728 NW 9th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 Karen Cooper, ARNP Shermeika Greene, PA-C VOTE AUGUST 28www.ChinquinaforCountyJudge.comPolitical advertisement paid for and approved by Donald Chinquina for County Judge Recognized as one of Americas top surgeons105 NE 19th Drive • Okeechobee, FL 34972 863.623.4486 (voice) 863.623.4487 (fax) August 24, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 Quit tobacco use your way classes planned at hospitalQuit your way classes will be held at Raluerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. Classes will be held in the North dining room on Aug. 22, Sept. 5, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. Classes will also be held in the In-service classroom on Aug. 29 and Sept. 26. Classes are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information call 1-877-819-2357.


6 Okeechobee News August 24, 2018 John Norman Burrows, 37WARNER ROBBINS, GA „ John Norman Burrows passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. John worked as J ourneyman Millwright and was a proud Broth er of Local 1263. John enjoyed going to ”ea markets, riding his mo torcycle, and spending time with his family. He was known for his giving heart and a laugh like no other. John was preceded in death by his mom, Donna Foster Burrows; maternal and paternal grandparents; and several aunts and uncles. Survivors include his loving wife and lifelong best friend, Courtney Hayes Burrows; dad, Rick Burrows; 5 children, Gage, Chelsea, Carlee, Tyler, and Trystyn; brother, Richard RixŽ(Barbara) Burrows; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; extended family and a vast number of friends. Celebration of Life will be at 2p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at Friendship Communit y Hall, 10044 Ga 42 Fort Valley, Georgia. Please visit to express condolences. Harts at the Cupola has charge of arrangements. Obituaries A nnual banquet setOkeechobee Friends of NRA will host its annual banquet on Friday, Aug. 24 The doors will open at 6 p.m. at the KOA, 4276 U.S. 441. For information or tickets, call Jeff at 863-634-9474, Carrie at 863-634-8678, Katie at 863-801-7789 or Julie at 954-482-2935.Legion will host dinnerOn Friday, Aug. 24 come and enjoy dinner at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be “ sh, shrimps or chicken and french fry baskets, for a $6 donation and is served from 5 until 8 p.m. with music from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.BHR VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, w ill serve dinner on Friday, Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “ sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. All proceeds w ill go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.BHR Moose serves cat“ shThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, offers all-you-can-eat cat“ sh on Friday, Aug. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation of $10. The public is welcomed.BHR Moose serves up pizzaBuckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will serve pizza and subs on Saturday, A ug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. Dine in or take out. For information, call 863-763-2250.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., w ill host Sunday night bingo on Aug. 26 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.BHR VFW serves breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 26 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All bene“ ts go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.BHR Moose serve breakfastThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, will offer a full breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 8 to 11 a.m. The public is welcomed.Amvets host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E., Suite 6, on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. for “ ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135.Theatre auditions scheduledOkeechobee Community Theatre will hold open auditions for adult acting/singing roles in the Broadway musical Oklahoma!Ž on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. at the freshman campus auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Ave. Participants will be asked to read from a provided script, and sing a song of their choice without accompaniment. No previous experience is necessary. For information, visit the website: or call 863-763-1307.Legion hosts 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ ve-card bingo on Monday, Aug. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.BHR Moose serve dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, will offer a spaghetti dinner with all the “ xings on Monday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m., all for a donation of $7. The public is welcomed.BHR VFW post serves dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary will serve a kielbasa and sauerkraut dinner on Wednesday, Aug 29 at Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. All proceeds to bene“ t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.BHR Moose serves pork dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will have a pork chops dinner, fried or grilled, with all the “ xings for a $7.50 donation. Dinner is served on Wednesday. Aug. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome.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.Church will host bingoSacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host bingo on Monday, Sept. 10 Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the fun will begin at 7 p.m.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 certificate 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!Caregiver Conference setAn Okeechobee Fearless Family Caregiver Conference will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at the IRSC Williamson Conference Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch included. Learn to balance family, work and caregiving, plus much more. There are limited free tickets for caregivers. For information or to register, call 877-829-2734 or visit conference setOpen Hands Health Center is pleased to offer a free livestream of True Woman 2018. This ladies conference is led by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and will be held at The Big Lake Baptist Association, 210 N.E. Seventh St. This conference livestream starts Sept. 27 with Session 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 28 Session 2 from 9 a.m. to noon, Session 3 from 2 to 5 p.m., Session 4 from 7 to 10 p.m., and Sept. 29 Session 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics include: The truth about sin, sexuality, gender identity, priorities, marriage, children, circumstances, the truth about consequences, emotions, God and His word. The conference concludes discussing The True Woman movement: where do we go from here. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each session. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for each session, as seats are limited and registrants will have preference. Call 863-801-7737 to register or sign up on Facebook at Open Hands Health Centers Event Page.Family fun nights setThe Okeechobee Childrens Mental Health System of Care presents family nights at Indian River State College. Bring the kids and join them at the Williamson Center for fun, education, dinner and more. The events will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The dates are as follows: Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27; and Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 23 in 2019. For information call 863-462-5152, extension 135. More Community Events can be found at in the Community section. Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic Fire/Rescue offers 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 bac k later.Church will host bingoSacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host bingo on Monday, Sept. 10 Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the fun will begin at 7 p.m.AA meetings held regularly in Okeechobee Alcoholics 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.;


By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsAt their Aug. 23 meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners approved a program that would allow a form of amnesty for code enforcement liens if the property owner brings the property into compliance. In some cases, the liens on the properties have accrued many times more than the value of the properties. The amnesty program w ould allow the property owner to qualify for a reduction in the lien if the property is brought into code compliance with a certain timeline. The amnesty period will be a limited-time offer. The purpose of the liens is to force the property owners to clean up the property, said Commissioner Bradley Goodbread. It was never intended as a revenue source for the county, he said. County Attorney Laura McCall said they hope the amnesty option will inspire property owners to clean up the properties. Hopefully in a few months we will come back to the county with a report that a good number of the properties have been cleaned up and the liens paid off,Ž she said. Code enforcement amnesty plannedAugust 24, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to issue a permit to Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), 700 Universe Boulevard, Juno Beach, FL 33408 to construct a new 74.5 MW (AC rated) solar photovoltaic e nergy facility on approximately 556.5 acres of agricultural land in Okeechobee County. The acti vity is located south of the FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center (OCEC) in Okeechobee County approximately 24 miles west of Vero Beach, 1 mile south of intersection of State Road 60 and Blue Cypress Road, Okeechobee County within Sections 1,2,11,12 and 13 Township 33 So uth, Range 35 East (Latitude 27o 3726.55Ž N, Longitude 80o 47 14.40Ž W). The application is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast District Of“ce, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 Additionally, the application “le is available online and can be accessed through the Departments Information Portal at: http://prodenv.dep.state.”.us/DepNexus/public/searchPortal (Facility/Site ID ERP_363231). If you have any questions or are experiencing dif“culty viewing the electronic application, please contact Indarjit Jagnarine via email at Indarjit.Jagnarine@dep.state.”.us or by phone at 561-681-6600. The Department will issue the Environmental Resource Permit, unless a timely petition for an administrative proceeding is “led pursuant to the provisions of Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. On the “ling of a timely and suf“cient petition, this action will not be “nal and effective until further order of the Department. Because the ad ministrative hearing process is designed to formulate “nal agency action, the hearing process may result in a modi“cation of the agency action or even denial of the application. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Pursuant to Rule 28-106.201, F.A.C., a petition for an administrative hearing must contain the following information: (a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agencys “le or identi“cation number, if known; (b) The name, address, any email address, any facsimile number, and telephone number of the petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioners representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioners substantial in terests are or will be affected by the agency determination; (c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency decision; (d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; (e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci“c facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi“cation of the agencys proposed action; (f) A statement of the speci“c rules or statutes that the petitioner contends require reversal or modi“cation of the agencys proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci“c rules or statutes; and (g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner stating precisely the action that the petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agencys proposed action. The petition must be “led (received by the Clerk) in the Of“ce of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 323993000. Also, a copy of the petition shall be mailed to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of “ling. In accordance with Rule 62-110.106(3), F.A.C., petitions for an administrative hearing by the applicant must be “led within 21 days of receip t of this written notice. Petitions “led by any persons other than the applicant, and other than th ose entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S., must be “led within 21 days of publication of the notice or within 21 days of receipt of the written notice, wh ichever occurs “rst. Under Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency action may “le a petition within 21 days of receipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication. The failure to “le a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that persons right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the di scretion of the presiding of“cer upon the “ling of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205, F.A.C. Under Rule 62-110.106(4), F.A.C., a person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may also request an extension of time to “le a petition for an administrative hearing. The Department may, for good cause shown, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests for extension of time must be “led with the Of“ce of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 323993000, before the applicable deadline for “ling a petition for an administrative hearing. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for “ling a petition until the request is acted upon. Mediation is not available in this proceeding. The applicant, or any party within the meaning of Section 373.114(1)(a) or 373.4275, F.S., may also seek appellate review of this order before the Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission under Section 373.114(1) or 373.4275, F.S. Requests for review before the Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission must be “led with the Secretary of the Commission and served on the Department within 20 days from the date when this order is “led with the Clerk of the Department.NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMIT By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsA change in zoning to allow a Dollar General store just north of Okeechobee High School was approved at the Okeechobee County Commissions Aug. 23 meeting in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. The property is a little under 3 acres, on the east side of U.S. 441, north of Okeechobee High School,Ž Planning Director Bill Royce told the commissioners. The applicant has also applied for a special exception to sell w ine. Although it is next to the high school property, it does meet the criteria for the separation of school from a business selling alcohol, said Mr. Royce. I know based on it meeting the criteria for the zoning change, I dont have a solid basis to vote against the voting change and the special exception,Ž said Commissioner Kelly Owens. I just dont have a good feeling about having the sale (of alcohol) next to the high school,Ž she said. Its based more, I think, on having been both a teacher and a police of“cer and knowing what potentially could happen in those situations. We have numerous stores of this type in our community already, and I dont have a comfort level with adding more,Ž she added. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said many people who do not have transportation walk to the stores of this type. Commissioner Bradley Goodbread said the county should support the rights of the property owner. I dont think we should tell the free market how many Dollar General stores or McDonalds we should have,Ž said Commissioner Goodbread. County Attorney John Cassels said the package sale of beer is determined by state law and all grocery stores are allowed to sell beer. The special exception is to also allow the sale of wine at this store, he explained. Dollar General planned on U.S. 441 N. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce is disclosing this information to the public in order to enhance public safety, awareness, and protection. This information is not intended to increase fear, rather it is this agencys belief that an informed public is a safer public. This bulletin should be used only for information purposes. Citizen abuse of the information to threaten, intimidate, or harass offenders will not be tolerated, in any manner. Alejandro AlexŽ Suarez, W/M; DOB: Sept. 30, 1961; 511Ž; 237 pounds; brown hair; blue eyes; was convicted of four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior involving a child under the age of 16 in Dade County in 2001. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact Michele at the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce at 863-763-3117, ext. 5100, or website http://www.fdle.state.”.us. The individual who appears in this bulletin has served the sentence imposed by the courts. He is NOT wanted by law enforcement at this time. Sexual Predator Noti“cation Alejandro Suarez


By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A vehicle “re was reported Aug. 16. According to an Okeechobee County Fire Rescue (OCFR) report, at 11:21 a.m. on Aug. 16, a vehicle “re was reported in the parking lot of Home Depot, located in the 2800 block of U.S. 441 South. A total estimated property and contents “nancial loss of $15,000 was assessed. One engine and one rescue of OCFR responded to the incident scene. Approximately 500 gallons of water was used in the “res extinguishment. Units responded to the above location to “nd a vehicle with ”ames coming from the engine compartment. A 1 3/4Ž cross lay hose line was pulled and crews gained access to the vehicle. The vehicle doors were open, and a quick check of the vehicle for occupants was performed. After the con“rmation of the vehicle being unoccupied, crews proceeded to extinguish the “re. The hood of the vehicle was raised and the entire engine compartment was cooled in an effort against reignition. The owner of the vehicle was seated in the vehicle when he began to smell smoke. The owner then exited the vehicle and apparently saw light smoke come from under the hood. An attempt to open the hood by the owner was made, but the smoke increased and “re was then seen coming from the engine compartment, stated the report. The report concluded that after a failed attempt to extinguish the “re themselves, the owner of the vehicle relocated to a safe distance away from the vehicle and called 9-1-1 and awaited their arrival. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The “scal year 2018-19 county “re protection assessment, locally referred to as the “re tax,Ž was approved at the Aug. 23 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. The new rates are 3 percent higher than the previous year. The assessment per dwelling unit will be $108.15 per year. The rate for agricultural or vacant land will be $109.17 per parcel. Hotels, motels and RV parks will be charged $3.80 per room or RV space. The “re assessment for commercial properties and warehouses will be based on the square footage of the business. For example, commercial businesses less than 2,000 sq. ft. will be changed $161. Industrial warehouses less than 2,000 sq. ft will be charged $29. The highest rate, for commercial businesses larger than 140,000 sq. ft., is $19,345. Warehouses over 140,000 sq. ft. will be charged $4,085. Because the City of Okeechobee Fire Department provides protection within the cit y limits, city residents do not pay the count y “re assessment. In other business, the county approved the annual solid waste collection assessment at $220 per dwelling unit.8 Okeechobee News August 24, 2018 Dr. Gaulden teaches Old and New Testament and several undergraduate and graduate leadership development courses at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. His research interests are in ancient languages (Hebrew, Greek, Egyptian, Phoenician, and Aramaic ) along with the Old Testament and the Psalms.Fountain of Life ChurchSUNDAY, August 26th, 2018 at 10.30 am Dr. Charles Gaulden THE GATHERING A Church of Restoration Come As You Are Sunday 10:30 AMChildren’s Church & Nursery Provided Growth Groups Meet Throughout the Week1735 SW 24th Ave • 357-4418 Political Advertisement approved and paid for by Noel Chandler, Republican, for County Commissioner You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music Come and share in the word of God Trinity Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pmPastor: Thomas Dees1840 NE 39th Blvd. (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 208 NORTHEAST THIRD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972863.763.3909TenniswoodDental.comThe doctors at Tenniswood Dental Associates have been creating beautiful smiles for over 55 years. Mark J. Tenniswood, D.M.D. Jenna Tenniswood Bryan, D.M.D. Clifford E. Bryan IV, D.M.D.NOW OPEN Wednesdays and every 1st & 3rd Saturdays along with our normal hoursAccepting New Patients Church Directory Okeechobee News/ OCSOATV stolenA 2006 red Suzuki Eiger (similar to the one pictured) was stolen sometime Aug. 12 or Aug. 13 from the area of Northwest 23rd Drive, Okeechobee Industrial Park. If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) Detective Howard SportŽ Pickering, 863-763-3117, ext. 5117. Fire tax to increase 3 percent Fire in Home Depot parking lot Special to the Okeechobee NewsAround 500 gallons of water was used in the “res extinguishment. 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.


August 24, 2018 Okeechobee News € 2018 OHS Brahmans Football Salute 9 2018 OHS B rahmans F ootball S alute• Varsity and JV Schedules • Team Photos • Cheerleading Photos • And Much More


10 Okeechobee News August 24, 2018 Join Us For 99¢ Tacos on Tuesdays at the Bar 2 for 1 House Margaritas 2 for 1 Draft Beer3415 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee (located in Publix Shopping Center) 863-357-9641 Go Brahmans! Past President, Okeechobee Board of Realtors Lic. Real Estate Broker Fax: 863.467.782230034 E. SR 78 | Okeechobee, FL 34974Vic_Anderson@earthlink.netVicki S. Anderson | 863.634.4106 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Longtime Brahman defensive coordinator and assistant coach Ty Smith has been named the new head coach of the football program. Mr. Smith takes over for former head coach Chris Branham who announced his resignation from the program on June 11 to pursue another coaching opportunity in Georgia. The decision to make Mr. Smith the head coach was announced late Monday afternoon, J une 18, by Okeechobee High School Principal Dylan Tedders. Ive read about horror stories of programs being left this late in the season without a coach,Ž said Mr. Tedders. I feel we, at OHS, are lucky to have someone like Ty w ho is willing to step up and lead a program of which he has been such a vital part of the growth over his football coaching career.Ž Mr. Tedders met with Mr. Smith on June 18 to discuss the possibility of taking over the program. Mr. Smith reportedly felt that the program was in a good spot with 60 students already coming to summer workouts. Mr. Smith already had an academic plan for the students w hen school opened. He planned to recruit around 10 teachers to provide tutoring and mentoring to the student athletes. This would happen immediately after school to ensure academics is a priority and establish the habits of “nishing homework before leaving the school campus. He also has a plan in place for fundraising and a group of parents and supporters who will be willing to assist. There is a core group of returning assistants that have been with the program over the years that will help smooth the transition. I asked him if he would be interested in this position long-term, and he wasnt against the possibility,Ž Mr. Tedders said. We can get through this season and reassess the state of the program and make a decision on the best way to proceed.Ž He is comfortable taking over the program, and I am comfortable with him in this position. Players, parents and supporters are asking, Whos coming in to coach?, and the program needs to put this question past them and move forward with the work of preparing.Ž Outgoing coach Chris Branham voiced his support of the decision. Best decision that could have ever been made for the program and Ty,Ž said Mr. Branham. He is the best coach I know and one of the best men I know.Ž Ty Smith ready to tackle new season as head coach Couresy Photo/ Sandra Pearce PhotographyTy Smith began his journey with the Okeechobee Brahman football team as defensive coordinator and assistant coach. For the 2018 season, he transitions into the head coach position. Courtesy photo/ Sandra Pearce PhotographyFrom left to right are the Okeechobee High School Brahmans Varsity and Junior Varsity coaches: Darryl Allen, Deforest Shanks, Jeff Whitlock, Head Coach Tyrone Smith, Demetri Riles, Joe Smith, Ruben Guerrero and Glenn Attaway.


August 24, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 EXPERIENCE HONOR INTEGRITYSports bring memories to cherish forever. Let’s Go Brahmans!Wishing the Brahmans a successful & injury free season!PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY WILLIAM BILLŽ WALLACE FOR COUNTY COURT JUDGEPlease vote for William BillŽ Wallace for County Court Judge on August 28th Courtesy photo/ Sandra Pearce Photography2018-2019 Junior Varsity Football Team


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August 24, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Shes one of us. FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDGEDeborah Hooker F D J E. A€ County Judge of St. Lucie County, Retired € Circuit Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit, Retired € Judge of the 4th District Court of Appeal, Retired € Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Retired € Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, RetiredDear Neighbor, Okeechobee Countys current County Judge is retiring.We will elect a new County Judge in the August 28th Primary election. Five Okeechobee County lawyers are running for this Judgeship. Each of these lawyers is qualied, in dierent degrees, for this position. In my opinion, the most qualied is Deborah Hooker. I make this judgment based upon my past judicial experience. Deborah Hooker has 25 years of legal experience in Okeechobee County and is ready to hit the ground running. Deborah will be a County Judge that we will all be proud of. Sincerely, James E. Alderman, Retired Jim and Patty Alderman with Deborah Hooker Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Deborah M. Hooker for County Court Judge Football around the lake this weekBy Richard MarionOkeechobee News € The Okeechobee Brahmans open their regular season on the road in Fort Pierce against the John Carroll Catholic Golden Rams on Aug. 24. Similar to the Brahmans, the Golden Rams also have a new head coach this year, Mickey Groody, who was an assistant at Vero Beach in 2017. John Carroll is coming off a 2-7 record in 2017. Both teams won their preseason game the previous week, Okeechobee 21-20 against Jupiter and John Carroll 54-6 against Halifax Academy. € The Clewiston Tigers will open their season at home against the Fort Myers Green Wave on Aug. 24. Second year Tigers head coach Brad Garret and his team “nished with a 5-5 record in 2017. Constant weather delays forced Clewiston to reschedule games all season last year, and it seemed like the Tigers couldnt get their momentum going because of that. Clewiston will be “elding a young team this year after losing 25 seniors in 2017. Theyll be leaning on their veteran running back senior Trayquan Williams, who ran for 110 yards and 1 touchdown on 16 carries in their preseason match against Avon Park. € The Moore Haven Terriers were scheduled to face Jupiter Christian on Aug. 24, but Jupiter forfeited the game giving the Terriers their “rst win of the season. The Terriers are coming off a historic undefeated regular season in 2017. However, they take the “eld in 2018 without one of their leaders on the team who was crucial during their undefeated run last year, senior quarterback John Cox. Cox signed on to play football at Colgate University after graduating. Second year head coach Max Manin says hes aware that people are skeptical of the Terriers pulling off another undefeated season, and hes using that as motivation for his team. € The Pahokee Blue Devils will be on the road for their regular season opener in West Palm Beach against Palm Beach Lakes High School on Aug. 24. Pahokee is coming off a 10-3-1 record in 2017 and made the deepest run in the playoffs of all the teams around Lake Okeechobee, losing in the state semi“nals to eventual state champions Madison County. The Blue Devils beat Palm Beach Lakes last year 6-2. Pahokee looks to be in good shape for another playoff run as theyll have veteran running backs Jatarie Washinton and Lavonski Willams back, both in their senior year. € The Glades Central Raiders open their season in Fort Lauderdale against University High School. The Raiders are coming off a 7-4 season in 2017 and an appearance in the regional semi-“nals. Glades Central will be playing for a little revenge on Aug. 24 as University was the team to knock the Raiders out of the playoffs last year. € The Glades Day Gators will be in Palm Beach Gardens on Aug. 24 facing the Benjamin Buccaneers to open their regular season. Glades Day “nished 5-5 in 2017, but managed to sneak into the playoffs where they lost to rival Moore Haven in a thrilling regional semi-“nal that came down to the “nal seconds. The Terriers and Gators face each other again on Sept. 28 at Glades Day High School, in what should be an exciting rematch. Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionMoore Haven senior John Cox played a crucial role in both the Terriers undefeated season and their playoff victory against Glades Day. Now the Terriers will attempt to repeat that success without him.


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18 Okeechobee News August 24, 2018 IMMEDIATE OPENING The OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY has an immediate opening for a Distribution System Operator .Applicant must be willing and able to perform heavy physical labor, work well with other employees and the general public. The position will entail working outside with the installation and maintenance of the water distribution and wastewater collection system. Applicant must possess a valid FL Operators Drivers License (requires clean driving record for the last three years), high school diploma or equivalent, neat legible handwriting and basic mathematical skills. Please visit our of“ce at 100 SW 5th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974 to complete the application paperwork or obtain an application at www. oua”.com. Applications will be accepted until 6 pm September 4, 2018. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSHVAC Service Techs, Installers, & HelpersFull Time, Experience Required, Apply withinOkee A/C 312 SW 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL 863-763-8391EOE/DFWP Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Glades County B.O.C.C. EXCELLENT BENEFITS, HEALTH CARE AND STATE RETIREMENT Full Time Job Openings Recycle Coordinator Service Truck Mechanic/Operator Please visit to view job SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: Gabrielle Ibietatorremendia Human Resources Director 198 6TH Street P.O. Box 1527 Moore Haven, Fl 33471 (863) 946-6009 F (863) 946-2290 Glades County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace. Veteran’s Preference will be given inaccordance with Florida Statutes 295.07. Okeechobee H&R Block 107 SW 17th St • Suite DApply Within NO PHONE CALLS MUST HAVE: € Valid Drivers License € Cash handling skills € Basic Computer Knowledge a Plus€ Self Motivator € Detail Oriented MUST HAVE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATIONFlexible Schedule with some nights & weekends Circulation AssistantEmployment Opportunitywith Growth Potential Help Wanted: REPORTERe Okeechobee News seeks a full or part-time reporter to cover crime, courts, and government, as well as some investigative reporting in Okeechobee County and surrounding areas. Please email resum and writing samples to Contact a Sales Representative today: 863.763.3134 | okeeadsales@newszap.comPublishes Sunday and Wednesday


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All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE T IME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is August 17th, 2018. 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20 Okeechobee News August 24, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2018-23 UNIFORM WATERWAY MARKER REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT BID INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 3:00 p.m. on October 1st, 2018. Bids will be opened by the Clerk in Room 222 and will be publicly opened and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted. The bids shall be based on the following: Okeechobee County is seeking bids from experienced underwater marine contractors to remove and replace existing regulatory waterway markers throughout Okeechobee County’s waterways. There are 27 original marker sites that will require inspection and potential removal of any remaining markers, hardware, downlines, cable, piles and/or signs. Twenty (20) new markers shall be installed at locations designated by Okeechobee County and permitted by other governing agencies. Okeechobee County has purchased all required regulatory markers for this project and the contractor shall be responsible for all materials, equipment, labor, hardware and appurtenances there within for complete installation. Installation requirements, permits and specifications are listed in the bid documents. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Specifications and Bid Documents pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from: Okeechobee County, Albie Scoggins, Director, Community Services 1718 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-6950 (phone), 863-763-0662 (fax) A non-mandatory pre-bid and site visit will be held Wednesday, September 12th @ 10:00 am at the C. Scott Driver Pavilion located at 10101 Highway 78 West, Okeechobee, FL 34974. After a brief meeting at C. Scott Driver, all interested parties will visit, together, each location and view the sites from shore-line. Any questions pertaining to the project specifications or scope of work will be addressed to Albie Scoggins, in writing to the physical or e-mail address noted above, no later than September 19th at 12:00 pm. The purpose of the pre-bid site visit is to provide site conditions and to receive questions from respondents on any issues considered relevant to the requirements of the project. Each Contractor who has made a written request, to the physical or e-mail address noted above, will be furnished with an electronic version of the Specifications and Bid Documents via email at no cost. No partial sets of Specifications and Bid Documents will be issued. Only Specifications and Bid Documents obtained from Okeechobee County, Owner are acceptable for bidding. If the Contract Sum is more than $100,000, the Contractor shall furnish a Performance Bond on Standard Form 25 in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Sum as security for the faithful performance of this Contract. If the Contract amount is increased, the Owner may requir e a corresponding increase in the amount of the bond. The Owner may also secure additional protection by directing the Contractor to add a penal amount to the existing bond or to obtain an additional bond. The Contractor shall furnish a Payment Bond on Standard Form 25-A in amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract sum. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, accept Bids in any order or comany formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The Bidder will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects appropriate to Contract Award. Okeechobee County has a local vendor preference which is contained within the County’s current encouraged to review the latest version to ensure compliance with and exceptions to the local vendor preference policy. The County’s vendor preference policy can be found on the County’s web site at Each bidder will submit with this bid, evidence that the bidder complies with all state and local requirements, to perform the work described in said Bid. ditionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BID – OKEECHOBEE COUNTY UNIFORM WATERWAY MARKER REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT BID PROJECT NO. 2018-23”. BIDDER MUST SUBMIT (1) ORIGINAL AND (2) COPIES OF THE BID. Terry Burroughs, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 282511 ON 08/24/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD807NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that DEVIN WILLIAMSON the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 3264 Year of Issuance: May-31-2014 Description of Property: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 23 & 24 TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS FROM THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 14 TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST BEAR NORTH 00 DEGREES 00 MIN 30 SEC WEST ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 14 TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT LEVEE 63-S AS SHOWN ON F.C.D. DRAWING L-63S-3 SHEET 4 OF 7 A DISTANCE OF 4427.88 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 53 DEGREES 39 MIN 07 SEC EAST ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S-63-S A DISTANCE OF 1564.73 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 66 DEGREES 36 MIN 16 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 2157.75 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 27 DEGREES 49 MIN 42 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 485.89 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 43 DEGREES 36 MIN 17 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 1105.04 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 43 DEGREES 35 MIN 59 SEC WEST TO THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15 A DISTANCE OF 2394.81 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 48 DEGREES 46 MIN 14 SEC EAST ALONG THE SAID NORTHERLY RIGHTOFWAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15 A DISTANCE OF 2187.37 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE TO THE RIGHT IN SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15 SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 5762.58 FEET & A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 13 DEGREES 25 MIN 47 SEC THENCE ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE A DISTANCE OF 1350.71 FEET THENCE BEAR NORTH 42 DEGREES 54 MIN 11 SEC EAST TO THE HANCOCK MEANDER LINE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 117.82 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 35 DEGREES 15 MIN 20 SEC EAST ALONG SAID HANCOCK MEANDER LINE A DISTANCE OF 254.08 FEET TO THE WESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15-B THENCE BEAR NORTH 46 DEGREES 23 MIN 00 SEC EAST ALONG SAID WESTERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15-B A DISTANCE OF 1628.74 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 46 DEGREES 23 MIN 00 SEC EAST ALONG THE WESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15-B TO THE NORTHEASTERLY CORNER OF THAT PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 605 PAGE 965 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA A DISTANCE OF 70 FEET THENCE BEAR NORTH 44 DEGREES 09 MIN 45 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF THAT PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 605 PAGE 965 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA A DISTANCE OF 1536.84 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 44 DEGREES 49 MIN 26 SEC WEST ALONG THE WESTERLY LINE OF THAT PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 605 PAGE 965 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA A DISTANCE OF 70 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 44 DEGREES 09 MIN 45 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 1534.93 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. 2.468 ACRES 1-24-38-36-0A00-00012-C100 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: OKEECHOBEE RESORT DEVELOPMENT LLC Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 6th day of September, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 276595 ON 8/3,10,17,24/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 472018CP000132IN RE: THE ESTATE OF DONALD R. GOLDI, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate DONALD R. GOLDI, deceased, whose date of death is June 14, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Clerk of Court, Probate Division, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is August 24th, 2018. Personal Representative: Susan Howard 7421 Nabors Lane McKinney, TX 75071 Attorney for personal representative: ROONEY & ROONEY, P.A. 1517 20th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32960 (772) 778-5400 (772) 778-5290 (fax) Attorney for Petitioner By: Eizabeth McHugh FBN: 638196 282396 ON 8/24,31/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD806NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that DEVIN WILLIAMSON the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2150 Year of Issuance: June-01-2013 Description of Property: BASSWOOD INCORPORATED UNIT NUMBER 2 PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 28 LOT 9 BLOCK 16 1-05-37-35-0020-00160-0090 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GERALDINE SMITH Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 6th day of September, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 276123 ON 8/3,10,17,24/2018 PUBLIC NOTICEThe Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Federal Grant Workshop on Thursday, August 30, 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 282285 ON 8/24/2018 Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICEThe Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a Federal Grant Workshop on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the William L. Hendry Courtroom, Room 270, Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. 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 282281 ON 8/24/2018 PUBLIC NOTICENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ASPEN WORKSHOP – 1:00 P.M. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE – 2:00 P.M. CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE – 2:20 P.M. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE – 2:30 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 283146 ON 8/24/2018 NOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF ITEMS: Notice is hereby given that 4J Storage, in accordance with F.S. 83.801 through 83.809, will hold a silent auction at 106 NW 36 Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 of Units 4, 32, and 33 (unknown occupants, Steven Williams, and Juanita Collier. Auction will take place on 8-30-2018 @ 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. To satisfy lien foreclosure, items will go to the highest bidder. Terms of sale are CASH ONLY, no checks will be accepted. 4J Storage reserves the right to reject any/all bids/reserves the right of final bid. All sales are final. 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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Use of the space at the Douglas Brown Community Center became a topic of controversy at the Aug. 23 meeting of the Okeechobee County commissioners. In A pril 2017, the commission agreed to lease two classrooms and an of“ce to the Delagall Foundation for an after-school program. W hen the Delagall Foundation was unable to obtain the required paperwork within a year, East Coast Migrant Head Start was promised the same space. A new lease with East Coast Migrant Head Start, which has leased other classrooms in the same building for the past 25 years, was on the agenda for approval Thursday. Dan Delagall said while he had some delays getting the nonpro“t paperwork completed with the state, the Delagall Foundation had been expecting to use two classrooms for the fall semester. I have no problem with East Coast Migrant,Ž said Mr. Delagall. He added that program is not a help to the Douglas Brown community. We have one person who lives in the community who works at that center,Ž he said. No kids who live in that community attend that center. The center doesnt actually help our kids,Ž he said. Mr. Delagall said he had been under the impression the Delagall Foundations afterschool program would have the use of that space once the paperwork was complete. It was approved for the foundation to use the two classrooms, but it took a lot longer than I expected,Ž he said. County Parks and Recreation Director Albie Scoggins said the agreement with the Delagall Foundation was approved in April 2017. The county spent about $4,000 to paint the classrooms, polish the rooms and repair the blackboards, he said. Where we went off the tracks was Mr. Delagall did not have his paperwork in order, including the ability to get insurance which is required by the county,Ž said Mr. Scoggins. Months and months went by without any communication,Ž he said. In that period of time the county withdrew the offer because there wasnt any movement. I had already been in discussion with the East Coast Migrant Program about those classrooms,Ž he said. Mr. Scoggins said East Coast Migrant Head Start has given up another building lease they have in town because they had the opportunity to take over the two classrooms and additional of“ce space at the Douglas Brown Center. He said he left voice mail for Mr. Delagall, but his calls were not returned. This was not jerked out from under Mr. Delagall and the Delagall Foundation,Ž said Mr. Scoggins. At the Aug. 23 meeting, Mr. Delagall said he did not get any voice mail messages from the county. He said he did not obtain insurance until February because they did not have anything to insure yet. He said the Delagall Foundation used classroom space at a church during the summer to serve about 25 children. He said that space is not large enough and he expects the program to grow by another 20 children in the fall. The after-school program will meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. They will also plan some special programs and trips, he said. The school system has provided some educational equipment and recently approved a program for high school students to earn community service by helping with the after-school program. The program has obtained a van so the y are able to provide transportation for the children, he added. Is there any other space in the facility Mr. Delagall could rent to help with children in Douglas Park?Ž asked Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs. Mr. Scoggins said the only space available is the auditorium, which is open for public use and often used for church dinners, weddings and birthday parties. He said during the summer it is used for the Chakka Stars summer camp that serves the children in that neighborhood. Commissioner Brad Goodbread said the county plans to add bathrooms near the basketball courts at the Douglas Brown Center. He said perhaps in the future they could expand the facility. Chairman Burroughs said the decision to reject the Delagall Foundation lease did not come back before the commission. I think what happened is 12 months had passed,Ž said County Administrator Robbie Chartier. That was more than enough time. I am the one who said, lets move on.Ž Commissioner Byrant Culpepper suggested in the future, they should use a certi“ed letter with return receipt requested if they are unable to contact someone b y phone. Cellphone voice mail is not always reliable, he noted. Commissioner Goodbread asked if the Delagall Foundation could use the old cafeteria. Mr. Delagall said that could work if there is a secure space where they can lock up their equipment and supplies. He said there is a room next to the kitchen that has a pulldown door that might be adequately secured. With a little cooperation, I think we can work this out,Ž said Commissioner Culpepper. Chairman Burroughs asked Mr. Scoggins to meet with Mr. Delagall to come up with a schedule when the Delagall Foundation will use the building, and a secure place for them to store equipment and supplies. Mr. Scoggins said other groups use the building so he needs to put the Delagall Foundations dates and times into the reservation system. The commission approved the new lease for East Coast Migrant Head Start for the classrooms and of“ce space. Delagall Foundation seeks space for youth programAugust 24, 2018 Okeechobee News 21 ACROSS 1 Indian bigwig 5 Short club 11 With 28-Across, was read the riot act 14 Find the right words, say 15 With 54-Across, common dorm room phenomenon 16 55 million-member service org. 17 Treaty subject 18 Syncopated gaits? 20 Bit of duplicity 21 Broadway choreographer for ChicagoŽ 22 Fr. address 23 Zulu or Kikuyu 25 Called the tower 28 See 11-Across 32 Sack stuff 33 Rube Goldberg machines, e.g.? 35 Like tandoori cuisine 36 Impress around the green? 44 Annoyance 45 Like some naval missiles 46 Holdup bands? 48 Gym dance in West Side StoryŽ 49 Genesis twin 50 Dumpster habitus 54 See 15-Across 55 Cocktail that never goes flat? 58 Helpful, if impersonal, voice 59 Nous minus moi? 60 Fill with passion 61 Game of ThronesŽ actor __ Glen 62 F1 neighbor 63 Margaret Atwoods homeland 64 Hitch DOWN 1 Desperately 2 Eighth-century pope 3 1956 literature Nobelist Juan Ramn __ 4 Cadillac compact 5 King dog 6 Some, in Sevilla 7 Neutral areas, briefly 8 Star attachment? 9 Name on an ice cream container 10 Ben-HurŽ author Wallace 11 Dairy case choices 12 Headliner in Buffalo Bills Wild West show 13 Shocked, in a way 19 Something made by millionaires? 21  ... a tale / ... full of sound and __Ž: Macbeth 24 Whirling toon 26 Meeting staple 27 French noble 29 Bad news from the professor 30 __ Major 31 Butchers cuts 34 Ming dynasty art source 36 Ming dynasty art source 37 Excited 38 __ gotta run!Ž 39 Date night destinations 40 Suffix with proto41 Lusaka native 42 Africa country whose official language is English 43 Whittling away, as support 44 Former Toyotas 46 Beau __ 47 Trekkie, e.g., for short 51 Capital south of Quito52 Sportswear brand 53 Biblical scribe 56 1957 Treaty of Rome org. 57 Genetic messenger 58 Member of the fam By Jeffrey Wechsler 2016 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 03/18/16 03/18/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Crossword Puzzle Bloodmobile to visit OkeechobeeWhen tragedy strikes, a safe and secure blood supply can make the difference between life and death. When there is an accident or natural disaster, there isnt time to collect, test and process blood. Blood testing and processing takes about 24 hours. Thats why its so important for those who are able to donate to give blood regularly so it can be at the hospitals and ready to use when needed. The One Blood bloodmobile will visit Okeechobee this month as follows: € Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Walmart, from 1:30 to 7 p.m.


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