Wednesday, August 29, 2018 50Â¢ plus tax Vol. 109 No. 103 Okeechobee NewsThe crowd-pleasing sport of mutton bustinÂ will be featured at the Okeechobee CattlemenÂs Association Labor Day Bull Bash on Saturday and Monday. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee County Commission incumbents retained their seats and a new member was elected to the Okeechobee County School Board in the Tuesday, Aug. 28 primary election. In the County Commission District 2 race, incumbent Bryant Culpepper won with 2,952 votes. Challenger Noel Chandler received 2,610 votes. In the District 4 race, incumbent Terry Burroughs won with 3,628 votes. Challenger Fred Brown received 1,848 votes. In the School Board District 3 race, challenge Melisa Jahner won with 3,110 votes. Incumbent Dixie Ball received 2,448 votes. In the judge race, the top two Â“nishers, Deborah Hooker and William Wallace, will be in a runof f in the November election. In that race, William Wallace received 2,504 votes; Deborah Hooker, 1,931; Roger Azcona, 779; Rebecc a Bolt, 272; and, Donald Chinquina, 223. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News As high temperatures and heavy rainfall continue to make conditions ideal for algae blooms, those who live near the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries are calling out for relief from freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee. So-called Âemergency estuary protection wellsÂŽ could offer relief. According to Robert Verrastro, South Florida Water Management District principal hydrogeologist, the emergency wells would use deep injection well (DIW) technology to move excess stormwater 3,000 feet underground into the Âboulder zoneÂŽ to help protect the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries from damaging Â”ood-control discharges from the lake. Mr. Verrastro said the technology has been around for the past 50 years throughout South Florida, with more than 200 DIWs operating dependably and quietly. The Okeechobee Utility Authority uses a DIW for part of its wastewater disposal, when rainfall is too heavy for the sprayÂ“elds to accommodate. These wells would be a vertical option for disposing of water that would otherwise go to tide through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, he explained. When Â”ood conditions give water managers no choice but to Primary decides 3 local racesVoters choose Jahner, Burroughs, Culpepper: Judge runoff to be between Hooker & Wallace Emergency wells could help coastal estuaries 14.54 feetLast Year: 13.50 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Weekend brings Battle of the Bands, parade, tractor racing ... Page 11 Berry pickers were wanted on felony warrants ... Page 5 Shockwaves bring home trophy... Page 15 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level KidCare offers medical, dental care ... Page 16 Gerald LefebvreLaw Ofces of Lefebvre763.3333Okeechobee, Florida Looking for something exiting to do this Labor Day weekend? The Okeechobee Labor Day Bull Bash will take place Saturday, Sept. 1, and Monday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee CattlemenÂs grandstand arena on U.S. 441 North. The Labor Day Bull Bash will be fun for the whole family. The performances will consist of the top two crowd favorites Â„ mutton bustinÂ and bullriding Â„ plus fans can expect to see professional bull Â“ghters and a specialty act. Labor Day brings annual Bull BashSee BULL Â„ Page 11 See EPW Â„ Page 11
2 Okeechobee News August 29, 2018 Devour Right Now Pulled Pork Sandwich. ThatÂs everyday easy. Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High near 90F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tonight: A few clouds from time to time. Low 72F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastThursday: Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 89F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy skies early. Scattered thunderstorms developing late. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%. Friday: Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 89F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday Night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 72F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Saturday: Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 88F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Saturday Night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 72F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News Waste Management/Okeechobee LandÂ“ll donated a ÂLandÂ“ll BirthdayÂŽ certiÂ“cate to the Kiwanis of Okeechobee Radio Auction, where local resident Izzy Izzo bid on the certiÂ“cate and won. Izzy knew it would be the perfect gift for his nephew, Bryce, who was turning 5 years old. On the day of the party, Bryce arrived at the Okeechobee LandÂ“ll with his family and friends, where he had the birthday of his dreams! Community Relations Manager Teresa Bishop, Senior District Manager Tony Bishop, Operations Manager Jason Johns and residential driver Josh Teague were all on hand to make BryceÂs party one he wonÂt soon forget. The party included a garbage truck cake, a tour of the landÂ“ll and trucks, a pizza lunch in the pollinator garden, and goodie bags for all with a special die-cast truck for Bryce. The party also included a rehabilitated animal release into the on-site Okeechobee LandÂ“ll certiÂ“ed wildlife area, which was hosted b y ArnoldÂs Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Part y goers were thrilled to watch the foxes and raccoons enjoying their new home! Okeechobee LandÂ“ll hosts a birthday party to remember Special to the Okeechobee NewsBryce Izzo proudly shows off his new die-cast Waste Management toy truck. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBryce Izzo was thrilled to blow the horn on the Waste Management truck.
August 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939DonÂt make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING ÂAlways on Top of the JobÂŽRe-Roofing SpecialistsÂ€ Metal & Shingle Roofs Â€ Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 By Richard MarionOkeechobee NewsWhen Brahman football coach Ty Smith got on the bus with his players to head back to Okeechobee after falling to the John Carroll Catholic High School Golden Rams 42-17, he had only one message for his players, ÂWelcome to varsity football.ÂŽ ÂI asked the players on my bus how many of them played varsity last year,ÂŽ said Smith. ÂThere were four that raised their hands on my bus. So I looked at the rest of the kids and said, ÂWelcome to your Â“rst varsity football game.ÂÂŽ The game started off with a bang for Okeechobee when quarterback Veyon Washington ran for a 72-yard touchdown on the BrahmansÂ Â“rst play on offense. But that w ould be the only time Okeechobee would have the lead in the game as the high-powered John Carroll offense took over for the remainder of the game. The Golden Ram offensive line dominated in the trenches, allowing them to run the ball straight through the Okeechobee defense. By halftime, the Golden Rams would already hold a commanding lead of 28-10. There were some positives in the game for Okeechobee. OHS senior quarterback Larry Boswell was able to hit senior wide receiver Jalen Pryor for a 9-yard touchdown pass. And OHS senior kicker Gage Ingram was able to connect on 31-yard Â“eld goal early in the game. Ingram took over the kicking job from Jarret Mills, who graduated in 2018. ÂGage isnÂt a surprise for us,ÂŽ said Smith. ÂWe had Mills last year, but Gage has a strong leg, too. In fact, last year we were trying to get him some reps on varsity at wide receiver. But we knew we needed to get him more kicking experience. So itÂs not a surprise that he is performing the way he is for us.ÂŽ This week, the Brahmans will face another high-powered offense in the Lake Wales Highlanders, who are coming off a 54-44 loss to Treasure Coast. Lake Wales junior running back Johnny Richardson had 177 yards rushing and three touchdowns in that game. ÂOur biggest concern defensively is going to be getting lined up, getting in the right spots and Â“nishing plays,ÂŽ Smith said. ÂMost importantly, we have to stop the run. If we can contain the run, itÂll help us pass-wise with our defensive backs.ÂŽ Okeechobee will travel to Lake Wales to take on the Highlanders on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Brahman football outpaced by John Carroll Catholic Â€ Ribbon-cutting/Rebranding Â„ Aug. 29, today at noon, for Communities Connected for Kids, which was previously Devereux Community Based Care. ItÂs a rebranding initiative they called ÂNew Name, Same Passion.ÂŽ ÂThe point of our rebranding is to be fully integrated into the communities w e serve, so we thought it was important to include those communities in the process,ÂŽ said Christina Kaiser, community relations director for Devereux Community Based Care. ÂWe think this is the name that best captures who we are,ÂŽ Ms. Kaiser said. ÂWe are four counties, four communities working together to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of abused, abandoned and neglected children.ÂŽ The ribbon-cutting w ill take place in their ofÂ“ce located at 208 N.E. Seventh St., in the Cowboys Plaza. Â€ Mark your calendar for a ribbon-cutting Â„ at Badcock Home Furniture & More on Thursday, Aug. 30, at noon. Please join us for a 62nd Year Anniversary/Ribbon-cutting, celebrating with them at 512 West N. Park Street. Linda and her team are eager to share their amazing 62nd-year anniversary with the public. This will also be a kickoff for their Warehouse Sale happening on Friday, Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1. Come out and celebrate this longtime business that has given so much back to this community, and get a sneak peek at their big Labor Day Sale, too. Ribbon-cutting/Relocation Â„ Please join us for a Relocation/Ribbon-cutting at Okeechobee Army Surplus located at 420 N.E. Park Street. The ribbon-cutting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at noon. They are eager to share their new location with the public. Come out and celebrate this longtime business that has been an important part of this community. Hope to see you there. Â€ Sept. 13, Rise Up With the Chamber at Brown Cow Sweetery, located at 103 S.W. Park St., from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Mark and Paulette Bragel have invited us back to their amazing chocolate factory. These coffee connoisseurs have much more to offer in way of their lunch delights, special teas, lattes, breakfast quiches, soups to die for, ice cream most any way you like it, and with such a friendly, inviting atmosphere, youÂll want to keep coming back for more. I can smell the coffee brewing now, canÂt you? Â€ OK Corral Gun Club, 9449 N.E. 48th St. YouÂve heard of it, you know itÂs there, but you just havenÂt ventured out. Now is your chance. Join us at The OK Corral Gun Club on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Â“nd out what youÂve been missing. Come early because there is a lot to see. Located on 380 acres, itÂs FloridaÂs premier shooting club and western town hosting 10 outdoor shooting venues, 24 rustic chic cabins, two banquet venues, a restaurant, a fully stocked pro shop and a staff that never stops smiling. You will leave wanting to book your next event there. A strong recommendation to RSVP, particularly for the tour as space is limited. Beverages and snacks will be served and all attendees will receive a free gift. 5 p.m. Â„ Tours of the Facility 5:45 p.m. Â„ Educational Icebreaker 6 p.m. Â„ Club presentation with the general manager and events director Â€ Concealed weapons classes are starting up again after a short summer recess. Saturday, Sept. 22, will be the next scheduled class starting at 8:30 a.m. until noon. Cost is $40 per person and class size is limited. All persons interested must register prior to the class by Â“lling out an application at the chamber or by signing on to the chamber website at okeechobeebusiness.com. Look for concealed weapons class scrolling on the left side of the page under scheduled events. You can click on that area and then go directly to Â“lling out the registration. All persons that have completed the application form and paid in full by Thursday, Sept. 20, will meet here at the chamber ofÂ“ce and then travel as a class to the designated range. Chamber of Commerce News Â€ The next Main Street mixer will be held a t Mira Realty, 104 Third Ave., on Thursday, S ept. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. All OKMS mixers a re an opportunity to network with other community business owners, leaders, and residents of Okeechobee. Mixers are open to the public, so be sure to bring all your friends. 50/50 drawing tickets will be on sale. Drawing will take place at the Â“nal mixer of the year. Door prizes will be drawn as well. So be sure to bring yours! Â€ Labor Day in the park will host fun new events in the park on Sept. 1 to 3. Saturday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. will be a Battle of the Bands. Monday, Sept. 3, there will be lawn mower races from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and, of course, the Labor Day parade on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Main Street Happenings Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionOkeechobee High School junior DeÂNitrik Whittaker lines up in the BrahmansÂ preseason game against Jupiter.
W ater issuesI am so tired of hearing about the green algae, the releases of water from Lake Okeechobee and everything else that has to do with the nutrient problem in the Caloosahatchee and the St. Lucie rivers and all of the many canals associated with them. One of the major problems is the Kissimmee River that feeds into Lake Okeechobee. From the 1950s to the present, real estate companies advertised and sold property in South Florida as a paradise and, in my opinion, it is just that. Most lots had water and electricity (many had neither) and almost all had no other amenities. There were poorly paved roads, no sidewalks, no storm or sanitary sewers. And today, many still donÂt have these amenities. Lots were cheap by todayÂs standards. Everyone wanted to live near the water whether it was the seacoast, a river, a lake or a canal. So, properties sold like hotcakes to those who could afford them Â„ particularly those properties near the waterways, and these are still in high demand today. At Â“rst, there was no problem because there were not enough people who could afford to pull up stakes and move to Florida. However, in recent years, more and more people have become able to move to Florida. Now the lakes, rivers and even canals are jammed with homes and businesses nearby. In addition, there are many thousands more snowbirds and tourists coming to Florida each year. Still, in many areas there are no storm sewers or sanitary sewers Â„ only septic tanks. On the news recently, I heard a man complain that there was raw sewage and fecal matter Â”owing down the street in his development. He complained that he could not use his toilet, which was full to overÂ”owing. Gee, I wonder where that mess was going. That is, which river or canal is it going into? According to the Florida Department of Health, one-third of all Florida homes have on-site sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS). In 2011, there were 2.3 million septic tanks in the State of Florida. Imagine how many more there are now with increasing population, snowbirds and tourists. Well, in my opinion, no one wants to see the most important part of the real problem. It costs money and no one wants to pa y the price. Along all three of these rivers and Lake Okeechobee there are literall y thousands and thousands of septic tanks, and every time we have a major storm such as Hurricane Irma, or torrential rains, these septic tanks are inundated with water and many overÂ”ow. That water has to go somewhere. So it goes into one of the lakes, rivers, streams or canals. The nutrients of raw sewage Â”ow down the rivers and canals, causing a nutrient-rich soup for algae to feed on. Lawmakers passed a 2010 law requiring the inspection of all septic tanks in Florida every Â“ve years, only to have it repealed in 2012 over concerns with property rights (i.e., the cost of inspection). There was also a bill in 2017 (HB 285) requiring septic tan k inspections as a requirement of real estate sales, and it was watered down and Â“nall y never passed. The news media have someone on TV every day complaining about Lake Okeechobee and the water releases. It is easy to complain, cry and moan; however, it is really difÂ“cult to take responsible action with regard to the real problem, particularly when it is not popular with most homeowners. As long as we continue to pour these nutrients (raw sewage) into our waterways, the problem will continue and get worse. In time, it will contaminate our aquifers and therefore our water supply. Get rid of septic tanks and build sewage treatment plants. Separate sanitary sewers from storm sewers and storm drainage canals and ditches. Condemn septic tanks that are within 2 miles of our rivers, lakes or canals. Instead of building a whole lot of stormwater-holding reservoirs, put the money into sewage treatment plants and sanitary sewers! Contact your state and federal congressmen and women and tell them where the real problem lies. There is funding there, but you have to push to get it coming into your community. Austin Moorhouse Douglas Brown schoolÂ€ ÂI think it is a shame that the county was more concerned about getting rent money from the Douglas Brown community center than about providing activities for the people who live in that area. IsnÂt a community center supposed to be for the community? Seems the county is treating it a like rental property instead of trying to attract or provide programs to beneÂ“t the people there. The migrant head start program is a Â“ne program, but it does not serve the children in that community. Why tie up all the classroom space with a program that does not beneÂ“t the kids from that community?ÂŽ Â… S. JonesVoteÂ€ ÂSuch a small percentage of the population bothers to vote. Well, if you didnÂt vote in the primary, then donÂt go complaining about the folks who were elected. You had your chance to choose who you wanted. If you donÂt bother to vote, then you give up your voice in government.ÂŽ Â… AnonymousAnother Dollar storeÂ€ ÂIt seems Okeechobee is always getting more of the same, then they go out of business. We had two Winn-Dixies, two Royals, two Burger Kings, etc. Took a drive through Okee-Tantie and there is nothing going on there. ItÂs just falling apart.ÂŽ Â… Tina Troendle Â€ ÂWe need jobs and housing. You can get a home.ÂŽ Â… Michelle Fox Â€ ÂOnly in this town ... this is why people laugh at us when we mention Okeechobee.ÂŽ Â… Tim Fulford Â€ ÂHow about Chick-Â“l-A, SonnyÂs BBQ, a north Publix?ÂŽ Â… Lyn Palm Â€ ÂInstead of building another Dollar General, which we donÂt need, why canÂt they build a Sonic instead?ÂŽ Â… Florence Temesan Â€ ÂI would love to have a Big Lots in our town.ÂŽ Â… Rose McDonald Â€ ÂI would love to shop local, but I Â“nd myself more and more shopping online. The local stores do not have the items I need. I donÂt have the time to drive to the coast. And Amazon Prime has free delivery. I do try to at least check local stores before I shop online. But I never have and never will shop at a dollar store of any variety, so building another one here wonÂt keep my money in town.ÂŽ Â… K. Booker Â€ ÂThe city and county ofÂ“cials preach for us to buy local but yet change zoning to approve ANOTHER dollar store.ÂŽ Â… Ruthie Solorzano Â€ ÂHow many of the same stores can we have in this little town? LetÂs try something we donÂt have. This is why I travel to spend my money instead of spending it in our own town.ÂŽ Â… Glenda GrifÂ“n Â€ ÂIt is not governmentÂs place to pick winners and losers. We have a free market economy and the free market will decide what type of restaurants/stores and how many in an area. The county commission canÂt tell a certain store that they canÂt build here. As long as they purchase property that is zoned for their use and build their building to code and get all permits, they can open. The fact that a business has the conÂ“dence in the economy of our community is a good sign.ÂŽ Â… Bradley Goodbread Â€ ÂIf you donÂt like dollar stores, donÂt shop there. DonÂt give them any of your money. If people donÂt shop there, they wonÂt stay open. If you want local momand-pop businesses to survive, you need to support them by giving them your business. These business people are trying to make money. They are trying to give the people what they will support. ItÂs your choice where you spend your money.ÂŽ Â… J. Zimpel August 29, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in IndependentÂ’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communityÂ’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspaperÂs website at okeechobeenews.net, in the comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off written, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News ofÂ“ce, 107 S.W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@ newszap.com. Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Letter to the Editor CorrectionThe article in the Aug. 24 newspaper headlined ÂDelagall Foundation seeks space for youth programÂŽ contained an error. The article states the organization has obtained a van to be able to provide transportation for children in the program. The organization has not yet obtained the vehicle. They hope to obtain a van for use in the program.
August 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A seven monthsÂ pregnant, 20-year-old Okeechobee woman was arrested Friday evening after she allegedly was seen via security surveillance take money from registers at her place of employment. Zeleste Hernandez Orozco, Southeast 10th Avenue, was arrested Aug. 24 by Deputy Michael Cauley on a felony charge of grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). She was released on her own recognizance. According to an arrest report by Deputy Michael Cauley of the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce, at 8:01 p.m. on Aug. 24, he responded to Home Depot, located in the 2700 block of U.S. 441 South, in regard to a theft complaint. Upon arrival, he met with the storeÂs asset protection manager, who reported that a cash shortage investigation was initiated on Monday, Aug. 20. It was apparently determined after viewing the storeÂs closed-circuit television footage that Orozco was taking cash from the register. Orozco was reportedly seen via closed-circuit television on three separate occasions and three separate registers take cash from the register and put it into her apron. The report stated that Orozco could apparently be seen clearly on all three occasions signing into the register, opening the cash drawer, lifting the cash tray, removing the cash and putting it in her left pocket. The store reported a total loss of $305.68. The asset protection manager provided law enforcement with documentation as well as the surveillance footage from the incidents, which were submitted as evidence. Deputy Cauley then spoke with the store manager, who reportedly stated that on Aug. 24, he and the asset protection manager questioned Orozco about cash shortages that had occurred. He reportedly said that an investigation was started and Orozco could allegedly be seen on video taking money out of the registers and putting it in her left front pocket. Orozco reportedly admitted to remembering at least three times she took mone y from the registers, dating back to May, adding up to a total of $700 to help pay her bills. The report concluded that Orozco was arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charge. Due to her lack of criminal history and her pregnancy, she was released on her own recognizance. Pregnant employee charged on a felony of grand theft Zelesre Orozco By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee men w ere arrested on two separate days for their alleged harvesting of saw palmetto berries without a permit. Both men were also arrested on felony warrants. George Nelson Timmes J r., 31, was arrested Aug. 24 on a misdemeanor charge of harvesting an endangered plant without permit. He was subsequently arrested on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with aggravated assault, kidnapping inÂ”ict bodily harm upon or to terrorize the victim or another person, and a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond was set at $61,500. According to an arrest report by Deputy Cody Hurst of the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce, at 10:03 a.m. on Aug. 24, he was dispatched to Southeast 30th Parkway and the railroad tracks in regard to a suspicious persons complaint. Upon his arrival, Deputy Hurst saw a w hite male and female seated on the south side of the road. Deputy Hurst reported that as he exited his patrol vehicle, he noticed an open white bag with what appeared to be saw palmetto berries next to the man. Deputy Hurst asked the man, who self-identiÂ“ed as Timmes, if he was in possession of a Native Plant Harvesting Permit. Timmes reportedly responded that while he w as in the woods he became sick, defecated himself and his permit was in his soiled pants. The report noted that Timmes was not in possession of either the Native Plant Harvesting Permit or his allegedly soiled pants. The report concluded that Timmes was arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charges. All of the saw palmetto berries were collected, photographed and turned in as evidence. The second saw palmetto berry-related arrest came on Monday morning. Thomas Wayne Gibson, 33, Northeast 31st Terrace, was arrested by Deputy Robert Gonzalez on misdemeanor charges of harvesting an endangered plant without permit, trespass on property other than structure or conveyance and resisting ofÂ“cer without violence. He was also arrested on two DOC felony warrants charging him with two counts of violation of probation dealing in stolen property, violation of probation giving false information to a secondary metals recycler and violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker. He is being held without bond. According to an arrest report by OCSO Deputy Robert Gonzalez, at 9:42 a.m. on Aug. 26, he was dispatched to the 32000 block of U.S. 441 North in regard to a suspicious vehicle complaint. Dispatch reportedly informed Deputy Gonzalez that an unknown subject in a red vehicle was illegally harvesting saw palmetto berries. Upon arrival, Deputy John Fisher and Deputy Gonzalez canvassed the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle and shortly after found a vacant red 2004 Lincoln Navigator in the 2100 block of Northwest 344th Street. As he exited the patrol vehicle, Deputy Gonzalez reportedly saw a man, identiÂ“ed as Gibson, wearing a gray tank top with what appeared to be saw palmetto berries being carried over his left shoulder, in a fenced property at the southwest corner of Southwest 21st Lane and Southwest 344th Street. Deputy Gonzalez reportedly tried to make contact with Gibson as he walked toward the Lincoln Navigator, but when Gibson saw Deputy Gonzalez he began to run south through the fenced-in property. Deputy Gonzalez then reportedly saw Gibson throw what appeared to be the saw palmetto berries off his shoulder and onto the ground. Deputy Gonzalez began to pursue Gibson on foot before having to relay a description and direction of travel to Deputy Fisher. The report continued that Deputy Fisher saw Gibson jump the fence of the property and run toward Northwest 21st Lane, but he was apprehended by law enforcement shortly after. The report noted that OCSO dispatch conÂ“rmed Gibson had two outstanding Okeechobee County felony warrants. The owner of the property then approached Deputy Gonzalez and informed him that he had driven from Palm Beach County to check on his property. The property owner informed law enforcement that no one was supposed to be on the propert y as he had a ÂNo trespassingÂŽ sign posted on his fence line, which apparently was no longer there. The report concluded that the saw palmetto berries were located in a plastic container on the property left by Gibson. Samples of the berries were collected to be turned in as evidence while the rest were turned back over to the property owner. Photographs of the berries were also taken to be turned in as evidence. The red Lincoln was turned over to JohnÂs Towing Service and Gibson was arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charges. Men detained for picking berries charged on felony warrants George Timmes Jr. Thomas Gibson By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News On Sunday morning, the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO) received a complaint from one of the individuals running for election regarding his campaign signage unexpectedly being damaged. According to an incident report by OCSO Deputy Cody Hurst, at 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 26, he met with Bryant Culpepper, who reportedly informed him that several of his campaign signs have been damaged. Mr. Culpepper was seeking re-election to the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners. One of the damaged signs was located at the 1500 block of State Road 70 West. Mr. Culpepper reported that the sign by the RaceTrac was slashed and that he did not know who the culprit was, but explained to Deputy Hurst that it was election time and some people really do not like him. Deputy Hurst reportedly informed Mr. Culpepper that the Okeechobee Police Department would be able to assist with documenting any signs that were damaged within the city. Deputy Hurst reported the sign that appeared to have been cut by a knife and that it was done from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. Deputy Hurst took digital photographs of the damaged sign and submitted them as evidence. The report concluded that Deputy Hurst made contact with Mr. Culpepper via phone and informed him of the damaged signÂs documentation. Mr. Culpepper responded that with the election ending shortly, he was not concerned with having the other damaged signs investigated, according to the report. He stated the signs that were damaged cost approximately $100 per sign. Election signs vandalized Flags to be retired in ceremonySeawinds Funeral Home has launched its ÂStars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.ÂŽ People in the community who are looking for proper Â”ag disposal can bring their Â”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, digniÂ“ed manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code. Flag donors will have the opportunity to attend an ofÂ“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.
6 Okeechobee News August 29, 2018 Bruce Allan Remsburg, 85PLANTATION Â„ Bruce Allan Remsburg passed away on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Bruce was born in Fort Lauderdale to Luther and Mildred Remsburg. After graduation from Fort Lauderdale High School and Rollins College, he joined his father in the land and cattle business. He owned several ranches in Broward County where he raised cattle and horses, and most recently, at the time of his death, owned X Bar Ranch in Okeechobee. He was an avid and skilled golfer, and excelled even into his last year of life. Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Luther and Mildred; his wife, Jege; and his sister, J une. He is survived by his wife, Tyler; his children, Katherine (Chris), Bill (Robbi), Mary Beth (Brian), and Andy; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sharon (David); and his stepchildren, Roger (Tanya) and Hattie (Joe) and their children. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Funeral arrangements by TM Ralph Funeral Services, Plantation, Florida. Jose Guadalupe Pa l omar, Jr., 38 OKEE C HOBE E Â„ J ose G uadalupe Palomar, J r. died Au g 25, 2018. He was born June 18, 1980 i n O kee c h ob ee A life t ime residen t o f Okeechobee, he was a l an d scaper an d en jo y ed hunting and Â“sh in g. Mr. Palomar was preceded in death b y h i s mother, Joyce Palo ma r He i s surv i ved by h i s father, Jose Guadalupe Palomar, Sr.; sisters, A my Palomar and Tammy Thomas ( Vance ) ; n i eces, Kelly, Breannah, and R i ley; and neph e ws Parker and Kole all of Okeechobee V isitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursda y A ug. 30, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee F u ner a l H o me F u ner a l servi c es will b e 1 0 a .m. Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. In t ermen t will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence may s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob eeF u ner a lH o me .com A ll arran g ements are entrusted to the d irection and care o f the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Par rott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Elizabeth ÂDarcelÂ Rob y 63 OKEE C HOBE E Â„ E l i zabeth Â Darcel ÂŽ Rob y d ied Au g 2 5 2018. She was born Sept. 11, 19 5 4 in Mem p his, Tenn. A residen t o f O kee c h ob ee sin c e 1991 she was a rural letter carr i er. S he e n j o y ed riding motorc y c les, watch i ng heav y w eight Â“ ghts, and was a n avid FSU Foo t ball f an. She was ver y a r t istic, and enjo y ed arts a nd cra f ts. She was a p henomenal cook and l oved cooking f or her f amily and f riends M rs. Roby was preceded i n death by her f ather, Jack Allen Jenkins, and her dau g hter, J ess i ca Roby S he is survived by her husband o f 38 years, T om Rob y ; son, Quinton Rob y (Karla); mother, Glenda Jenkins, all of Okeechobee; stepdaughter, Carol Hoyt, of Beaver Falls, N.Y.; brother, Jack Allen Jenkins (Candy), of Sebrin g ; sister, Teresa Crose ( Michael ) o f Okeechobee; Â“ve g randchildren, Mac, Remi, J acob Joshua and Just i n Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. W ednesda y A ug. 29, 2018 at Buxton & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home T hose wishin g to leave a messa g e o f c ondolence may s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww. O keechobee F uneralHome.co m A ll arran g ements are entrusted to the d irec t ion and care of t he Bux t on & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home 400 North Par rott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Lois Davis Harden, 100SUMMERSVILLE, Ga. Â„ Mrs. Lois Davis Harden passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 at the Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Harden was born in Avon Park, Fla. on April 11, 1918, daughter of the late Samuel Judson Davis and Reecy Ann Smith Davis. She was the owner and operator of the Sandr a Dress Shop in Florida, moving to Summerville following her retirement in 1977. She was an active member of the Pennville First Baptist Church and was a member of the Joy Sunday School Class. Mrs. Harden maintained her skills as a seamstress and was very talented in sewing and needlework. She was also an avid birdwatcher. Mrs. Harden was preceded in death by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Glen Davis and Helen Rae Davis, and Hugh and Ruth Davis; and her son-in-law, James E. Hammond. Mrs. Harden is survived by her daughter, Sandra Hammond of Summerville; grandchildren and their spouses, James Todd and Bonnie Hammond, Ringgold; daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy & Steve Mitchell, and Carla & Clay Skognes of Cumming, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Megan Mitchell, Emil y Mitchell, Anna Skognes, Sarah Skognes and Madelyn Skognes; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mrs. Harden will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Pennville First Baptist Church with Rev. Jimm y Tanner ofÂ“ciating. Interment will follow in the Green Hills Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Rex Evans, Robert Williams, Reo Rabon, Michael Davis, Kee Fawley and Steve Mitchell. Honorary Pallbearers w ill be members of the Pennville First Baptist Church. Mrs. Harden will lie in state at the Pennville First Baptist Church, where the family will receive friends Thursday, from 12 p.m. until the hour of service. Coffman Funeral Home, Petitt Chapel is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Lois Davis Harden. Please visit www.coffmanfh. net to sign our online guestbook and to post condolences.Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing o firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also request photos and links to online g uestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at okeechobeenews.net. Obituaries Obituaries Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com BHR VFW post serves dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary will serve a kielbasa and sauerkraut dinner on Wednesday, Aug 29 at Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W. All proceeds beneÂ“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.BHR Moose serves dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will have a pork chops dinner, fried or grilled, with all the Â“xings for a $7.50 donation. Dinner is served on Wednesday. Aug. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome.Legion serves tacosAmerican Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will serve margaritas and tacos from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. The grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment by Jay and Patty runs from 3 until 6 p.m.Singles hold potluckThe Christian Singles potluck dinner will be held at the Gathering Church, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., Friday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. For information, call Mollie at 863-763-7195.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 StreetÂs festival in the park and CattlemenÂs Association weekend rodeo events.Legion will host dinnerOn Friday, Sept. 1 come and enjoy dinner at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be Â“sh, shrimps or chicken and french fry baskets, for a $6 donation and is served from 5 until 8 p.m. with music from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will beneÂ“t the American Legion veteransÂ programs. The event is open to the public.Legion will host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Â“ve-card bingo on Monday, Sept. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.VFW plays pool this Labor DayVFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host a pool tournament starting at noon on Monday, Sept. 3 There will be a BBQ dinner served for a $10 donation. Open to the public. For information, call 863-763-0818.VFW Auxiliary serves dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary will serve steak sandwiches on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. All proceeds to beneÂ“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.VFW serves up dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried Â“sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882. Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 Â€ Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing Â€ AC Septic Take the reading challengeThe Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will team up with Scholastic from no w 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!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.
By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Misinformation, partial truths, vague but colorful descriptions and unfounded statements plague media coverage of the second-largest freshwater lake within the continental United States. Political spin by candidates for local, state and national ofÂ“ce add to the confusion about the water released from Lake Okeechobee, and the part those releases play in the coastal blooms of cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae). Lake Okeechobee residents and ofÂ“cials are tired of hearing Lake Okeechobee blamed for all of South FloridaÂs water issues, but they have come to expect it. One reader noted there was recently a cyanobacteria bloom in a lake in Poland and joked, ÂHow did Lake Okeechobee water get all the way over there?ÂŽ ItÂs not hard to Â“nd examples of articles and broadcasts that oversimplify or misrepresent the issues. A CBS evening news story headlined ÂToxic algae a slimy mess for FloridaÂs Lake Okeechobee,ÂŽ states: ÂThe problem starts a t Lake Okeechobee. After heavy rains, the A rmy Corps of Engineers released millions of gallons to relieve pressure on the lakeÂs old earthen dam. But the water is chock f ull of chemicals and nutrients Â„ much of i t runoff from commercial agriculture and s prawling development.ÂŽ Lake area residents argue the problem starts not with the lake, but north of the lake, where the man-made drainage system funnels the rainwater from a 2.8 million-acre drainage basin quickly south into Lake Okeechobee. The water Â”ows through the lake, not from the lake. Before the drainage system was built, the water sheetÂ”owed slowly over a vast Â”oodplain, with much of the volume evaporating into the air or percolating into the earth before it reached the lake. As for the nutrient load, Âchock fullÂŽ is not exactly a measurable quantity; the reporter fails to give the viewer any comparison. Would the CBS viewer be surprised to learn that the water released from the lake is lower in phosphorus than the local basin runoff that Â”ows into the St. Lucie Canal? Would that make the local basin runoff Âchock fullerÂŽ? ÂSprawling developmentÂŽ is accurate considering the explosion of the human population in the Orlando/Kissimmee area north of the lake. But the reporter doesnÂt explain where the development is. As far as Âcommercial agriculture,ÂŽ itÂs true that farms are businesses. But why add the description ÂcommercialÂŽ? Does the reporter really consider ranches covering thousands of acres, with a ratio of one cow/ calf pair per 5 to 10 acres, held by the same families for generations, to be Âcommercial agricultureÂŽ? Or is that ÂcommercialÂŽ phrase more likely bring to the readerÂs mind some kind of factory farming with many animals crammed into a small space? The Wikipedia deÂ“nition of Âcommercial agricultureÂŽ is: ÂIntensive farming or intensive agriculture also known as industrial agriculture is characterized by a low fallow ratio and higher use of inputs such as capital and labor per unit land area.ÂŽ Does that accurately describe the agriculture north of the lake? A Fox News report ÂBluegreen toxic algae invades Florida River,ÂŽ stated: ÂHeavy May rains caused Lake Okeechobee to discharge water containing blue-green algae into rivers and canals. The bright green sludge oozed onto docks, dams and rivers.ÂŽ Does the water from the lake contain blue-green algae? Of course it does. It is well documented by university studies that a dozen types of microscopic cyanobacteria are commonly found in Lake Okeechobee and are part of the lakeÂs natural ecosystem. But the water leaving the lake was hardly Âbright green sludge,ÂŽ as implied by the TV report. Boaters have been photographing the lake all summer, and while they report an occasional feathery bloom on the surface, or windblown algae matted on a section of shoreline, for the most part the algae in the lake has not been visible to the casual observer. The cyanobacteria concentrations and toxins were much higher in the St. Lucie Canal than in the lake, per FDEP sampling. It is certainly possible that the releases from the lake seeded the blooms in the coastal waterways. (Possible, but not certain, according to Dr. Karl Havens at Florida Sea Grant.) But the blooms in the coastal waterway continued to increase in concentration when the lake releases stopped for nine days. Something besides lake water had to be feeding the algae bloom at the St. Lucie Lock, nearly 24 miles from the Port Mayaca Lock, where lake water enters. That something, according to a study by Florida Atlantic University, is local basin runoff. In particular, the 2017 FAU study found nitrogen levels in the basin runoff much higher than the nitrogen levels in the lake water. A New York Times report ÂA Toxic Tide is Killing Florida Wildlife,ÂŽ states: ÂThese bluegreen algae, which appear in the lake almost every year, are promoted by stagnant water, high temperatures and nutrients from sources like fertilizers,ÂŽ said Christopher J. Gobler, professor of marine science at Stony Brook University. ÂThat lake is heavily impacted by citrus agriculture,Â he said.ÂŽ It is an interesting development that The New York Times is blaming the nutrient load in Lake Okeechobee on citrus groves. But where is the study that shows a heavy impact on the lake from citrus? Perhaps it would have been more helpful if the reporter had contacted a source from a university in Florida instead of one in New York. A Politifac.com story by Amy Sherman, posted Aug. 20, states: ÂA blue-green algae bloom is covering most of Lake Okeechobee, Â“lling it with slimy toxic goop.ÂŽ ThatÂs quite an image, but not one actually seen by lake area residents and visitors. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite maps, there was a large cyanobacteria bloom in July in the lake, which later died back to 10 percent. Another bloom Â„ of a different species of cyanobaterica Â„ is growing in concentration in the lake this month. The most recent NOAA images showed it in about 48 percent of the lake (not ÂmostÂŽ). However, even at its highest concentration in July, the cyanobacteria was in the water column, not ÂcoveringÂŽ the lakeÂs surface. And eyewitnesses did not describe it as ÂslimyÂŽ or Âgoop.ÂŽ Anglers who are out on Lake Okeechobee every day Â„ and who have been bragging about the great bass Â“shing on the Big O all summer Â„ read media reports of algae blooms on the lake and shake their heads. Even when visiting the areas of the lake with the highest probability for blue-green algae concentrations according to the NOAA satellite images, they say they have not see any surface scum. The NOAA images are computer-generated using spectrums of light not visible to the human eye. Also, the author might be interested to know that with the sole exception of one sample taken Aug. 14 near Port Mayaca, which had 11 micrograms per liter of microcystin, the FDEP samplings of algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee this summer have found either no toxins or very low levels of toxins Â„ below the 10 micrograms per liter considered safe for recreational contact by the World Health Organization. While The New York Times put the blame on citrus, the Sarasota Herald Tribune blamed sugar farms. The article headline d ÂAs algae slimes waterways, Ron DeSantis open to new business regulations,ÂŽ states: ÂDuring a campaign event Monday in Fort Meyers, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis Â„ who is seeking the GOP nomination for governo r against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam Â„ accused his opponent of being beholden to the sugar industry. South Florida sugar farms are blamed for contributing to fertilizer runoff in the lake that helps fue l the algae blooms.ÂŽ It is true the Âsugar farms are blamedÂŽ b y some people. But the article does not give the reader any information to determine i f the blame is warranted. The sugar farms are south of the lake, and according to SFWMD data, water from south of the lake (backpumped only in emergencies to prevent Â”ooding in the cities south of the lake) contributes less than 5 percent of the nutrient load going into Lake Okeechobee each year. Perhaps the reporters have mistaken the 2016 video images of algae blooms in Treasure Coast waterways with the Lake Okeechobee algae bloom. Perhaps they are just repeating each other instead of reading the extensive research available from the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. Perhaps they should visit Lake Okeechobee to see the lake for themselves.August 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 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 Â• Bedroom Â• Living Room Â• Accessories Â• Rugs Â• LampsÂ• 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 Lake coverage mired in misinformation A continuing series About Lake Okeechobee About Lake Okeechobee TRUTH Search for the Search for the
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August 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 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 Special to the Okeechobee NewsYatchette Club gives again!On Tuesday, Aug. 21, members of the Okeechobee Yatchette Club delivered household staples, juices and snack items to the ofÂ“ces of Okeechobee Senior Services. These items were purchased and donated by club members for distribution to homebound seniors in Okeechobee County. The Yatchette Club has generously provided for these seniors in this way for several years now. They clearly have a special place in their hearts for these seniors. On behalf of the seniors who will beneÂ“t from these generous gifts, Okeechobee Senior Services would like to thank the Okeechobee Yatchette Club for its generosity. Okeechobee Senior Services provides a variety of services to qualiÂ“ed seniors age 60 and above in Okeechobee County. For information about these services, please call or stop by the Senior Services ofÂ“ce located at 1690 N.W. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee. The phone number is 863-462-5180. Pictured with the donated items are Yatchette Club members Arnie and Ellen Whelpley, Kathryn and Roger Rockwell and the RockwellsÂ grandson, Nate McPike. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPolitical rally in Buckhead RidgeThe Buckhead Ridge Community Center overÂ”owed with 138 people present Aug. 23 to hear candidates for Glades County ofÂ“ces express their comments and qualiÂ“cations. The meeting began with a potluck dinner. Pictured (left to right) are Glades County Elections Supervisor Aletris Farnam, moderator; John Ahern, District 4 county commissioner; Amira Fox, candidate for 20th Circuit state attorney; Patty Pearce, school board member; Chris Crowley, state attorney candidate; Steve Dobbs, school board candidate; Jerri Lynn Schlueter, District 4 county commission candidate; James Chandler, 20th Circuit judge candidate; Donna Storter Long, District 2 county commissioner; and Jeff Barnes, District 2 county commission candidate.
10 Okeechobee News August 29, 2018 VOTEDEBORAHCOUNTY JUDGEHOOKER SheÂ’s one of us. HookerForJudge.comThank You Okeechobee!Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Deborah M. Hooker for County Court Judge Special to the Okeechobee News BRENTWOOD, Tenn. Â„ Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, is funding grants with the National FFA Foundation by selling shirts celebrating the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo. Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, customers can purchase a limited edition FFA convention-themed shirt for $12.99 (plus tax) at Tractor Supply stores nationwide. Net proceeds from the shirt sale beneÂ“t the National FFA platforms Living to Serve and Alumni Legacy Grants. This year the annual fundraiser shirt features the 2018 FFA Convention theme ÂJust One.ÂŽ According to the National FFA OfÂ“cer Team, the theme was chosen to recognize the importance of each FFA member and each step they take toward growth Â„ a reÂ”ection of the work completed by its members and the organizationÂs vision of developing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. ÂBoth the Tractor Supply team and our customers are dedicated to investing in the future of agriculture,ÂŽ said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. ÂThis annual fundraiser, and the FFA initiatives it supports, provides an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to the future leaders of the industry and the communities w e proudly serve.ÂŽ More than 380 Living to Serve projects in 45 states were funded since last year alone. The initiative provides opportunities for FFA chapters to seek funding to support four types of service projects: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; and community engagements. Alumni Legacy Grants are fulÂ“lled with the purpose of growing the number of local FFA alumni chapters, improving the quality of existing chapters and providing more opportunities for partnership between FFA chapters and chapters for alumni and supporters. Since 2017, more than 60 Alumni Legacy Grants have been awarded to alumni and supporters chapters located in states across the nation. In 2017, Tractor SupplyÂs annual shirt fundraiser generated more than $215,000 for the National FFA Foundation, which inspires young adults to become active leaders in their communities through participation in agricultural programs and initiatives. ÂLiving to Serve and Alumni Legacy Grants are two vital platforms to our organization and our mission,ÂŽ said Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation. ÂThrough this partnership with Tractor Supply Company, we are able to empower more FFA members with opportunities to make a difference in their communities.ÂŽ In addition to in-store availability, the shirts will be available at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo, held Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis, to beneÂ“t ÂGive the Gift of Blue,ÂŽ a National FFA program that awards personalized FFA corduroy jackets Â„ articles of faith, honor and pride Â„ to hard-working FFA youth members with Â“nancial hardships. For more information on the shirt fundraiser, call your local store or visit www.tractorsupply.com/FFA. 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By Chris FelkerOkeechobee News MOORE HAVEN Â„ The legwork that Glades County Schools Superintendent Scott Bass has been doing in trying to set up job training programs at the countyÂs Regional Training Facility in Moore Haven is beginning to pay off, and the Â“rst program Â„ aimed at assisting teachers and school districts Â„ will begin within two weeks. Superintendent Bass announced Monday, Aug. 20, that a university in Fort Myers has committed to a test-preparation tutoring program in September for teachers in the region who need help in passing the stateÂs tests administered for certiÂ“cation. The Florida Department of EducationÂs general knowledge and subject area tests for teachers were rewritten in 2015, setting the bar that they must meet to become certiÂ“ed higher than it had been. This has resulted in difÂ“culties for school districts statewide in keeping their teacher corps at full strength. ÂIt does not mean that teachers arenÂt intelligent,ÂŽ he explained, Âbut when you have an elementary teacher and theyÂre having to do trigonometry problems on their test, itÂs difÂ“cult. So everyone across the state is seeing teachers having difÂ“culty in passing their general knowledge test. ÂWeÂve partnered with FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University) to address the teacher shortage and also getting teachers certiÂ“ed. And some of that is taking place at the training center, and weÂve actually also opened it up,ÂŽ Mr. Bass said. He explained that FGCU had agreed to provide instruction for 25 enrollees for what essentially will be a crash course for test preparation on two Saturdays in September, tentatively Sept. 8 and 15. With 19 in Glades County already having signed up, ÂweÂve got six spots left, so weÂre opening it up to other school districts and teachers. WeÂve extended this out to Okeechobee, Highlands and Hendry (counties). FGCU is sinking a bunch of money into this,ÂŽ Mr. Bass said. But any teachers, or districts in the region with interested instructors, who are able to come to Moore Haven and might want those spots need to act soon to get in on the first session, he added. The staff member to contact is Andi Canaday, director o f secondary academic services, at 863-9460202, extension 127, or by email at andi. firstname.lastname@example.org. Teacher test-training program offered in Moore HavenAugust 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the inÂ”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Â€ James Emory Choquette, 44, Northwest 35th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 23 by OfÂ“cer Sergeant Belen Reyna on felony charges of introduction, removal, or possession of certain articles into or upon the grounds of a state correctional institution, possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) without a valid prescription, possession of a controlled substance (morphine) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of trespass on property other than structure or conveyance. His bond was set at $12,000. Â€ Samuel Foster Jr., 27, Vero Beach, was arrested Aug. 24 by Deputy Joel Lacerte on a felony charge of tampering with a witness, victim or informant and a misdemeanor charge of violation of pretrial release domestic violence. His bond was set at $10,000. Â€ Jamido Joel Bello-Pineiro, 36, Southeast 13th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 24 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession with intent to sell a controlled substance (cocaine) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $51,000. Â€ Yordan Carreras Cespedes, 30, North Santa Fe, LaBelle, was arrested Aug. 24 by Deputy Sergeant Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with Â“ve counts of criminal use of personal identiÂ“cation, Â“ve counts of forgery of credit card, Â“ve counts of grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). His bond was set at $150,000. Â€ Dillion Eugene Lee, 29, Northeast 14th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 24 by Deputy Robert Gonzalez on a felon y charge of possession of Â“rearm by convicted felon and misdemeanor charges of knowingly driving while license suspended and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $7,000. Â€ Matthew Ryan Huddleston, 18, Northwest 35th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 24 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the inÂ”uence. His bond was set at $500. Â€ Tyonne Tyrese Frost, Northeast 13th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 25 b y Deputy Matthew Huffman on felony charges of possession of a Â“rearm by person under 18 years of age, unlicensed carrying of concealed weapons or concealed Â“rearms, aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of resisting ofÂ“cer without violence. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and then transported to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. Â€ Marc Anthony Rivas, 20, Southeast Sixth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 25 b y Deputy Shane Bogner on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with domestic battery by strangulation. His bond was set at $25,000. Â€ Johnny Lee Brunelle, 45, Wellington Drive, Hampton, Va, was arrested Aug. 25 by Deputy Kenneth Hernandez on felon y charges of aggravated assault, child abuse without great bodily harm and possession of Â“rearm by convicted felon. His bond was set at $60,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be conÂ“rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Gates open at 1 p.m., and the event begins with mutton bustinÂ at 2 p.m. The Okeechobee Labor Day Bull Bash w ill have onsite vendors, souvenir T-shirts, shaved ice, concessions and beer. Tickets for admission are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in person by cash or check at EliÂs Western Wear or with a credit card online at TheOkeechobeeRodeo. com. This year, tickets can also be bought with a special Groupon promotion. The historic Okeechobee CattlemenÂs grandstand rodeo arena is located in the heart of Okeechobee County, at 1885 U.S. 441 North. BULLContinued From Page 1 send freshwater to tide, instead of bombing the coastal estuaries with excess freshwater, DIWs could send the water to tide by pumping it 3,000 feet underground into the boulder zone. These wells have a very high capacity, on the order of 15 million gallons a day of water, he explained. The district is considering a plan to install 40 to 80 emergency estuary protection w ells north of Lake Okeechobee. These w ells could reduce the need to send water east or west to tide, and give the coastal estuaries relief from lake discharges while the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects are under construction. The CERP projects will accommodate about 80 percent of the current Â”ow to tide, he explained. He said even after CERP is complete, the w ells could still be used to prevent harmful freshwater Â”ows to the coastal estuaries during periods of high rainfall. The water that SFWMD is considering putting into these wells is only water that would otherwise go to tide, he said. CERP also includes Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells, which allow water to be recovered when needed. The ASR wells cannot accept water quickly enough to handle the rapid Â”ow into the lake when there is heavy rainfall north of the Big O. Mr. Verrastro said SFWMD is conducting studies to determine the right number of wells and the best places to put the DIWs. DIWs can be constructed on right-of-way SFWMD already owns, he said, so construction would not have to wait for land acquisition. ÂItÂs going to take a year or two for us to get the program underway,ÂŽ he said. ÂOver the next few years, these wells could be constructed to give the estuaries some relief from the high-volume harmful discharges of freshwater from the lake,ÂŽ he said. For a video about emergency estuary projection wells, or more on SFWMDÂs efforts to manage high water, go online to sfwmd. gov. EPWContinued From Page 1 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Labor Day weekend will bring some time-honored traditions and some new events to Okeechobee County. Okeechobee Main Street will host Labor Day in the Park Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The park will feature local entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of food. On Saturday, Sept. 1, the Labor Day parade will be held in downtown Okeechobee, starting at 10 a.m. The parade will follow the regular parade route, from AldiÂs on Parrott Avenue, north to the intersection of Parrott Avenue and State Road 70, then west on State Road 70 to the end of Flagler Park. SaturdayÂs park events will include a stick horse race and a hula hoop contest. The Â“rst day of Okeechobee CattlemenÂs Labor Day Bull Bash will be at the historic Okeechobee CattlemenÂs Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 on Saturday. Gates open at 1 p.m. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. with the ever-popular kidsÂ mutton-bustinÂ competition. At 6 p.m., head back to Flagler Park for the Battle of the Bands. Entry fee for bands is $25. Top prize is a chance to audition at ÂDestination OkeechobeeÂŽ in Orlando to win a spot to play at the Okeechobee Music Festival. For more information, contact Angie GrifÂ“n at 863-697-1105. On Sunday, the festival in the park will continue with a special feature of church music at the gazebo. On Monday, festival events will include a lawn mower race at 11 a.m. The lawn mow ers will be provided by Sears Hometow n Store in Okeechobee. Sign-ups for the rac e begin at 10 a.m. Participants must be age 1 8 or older. A hot dog eating contest is planned a t 1 p.m.; an ice cream eating contest at 1:3 0 p.m.; and, a watermelon eating contest at 2 p.m. Monday will also bring the second day o f the CattlemenÂs Bull Bash, at 2 p.m. at th e CattlemenÂs Rodeo Arena. Battle of the bands, lawn mower racing planned
12 Okeechobee News August 29, 2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time 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 OperatorÂs DriverÂs 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 ofÂ“ce at 100 SW 5th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974 to complete the application paperwork or obtain an application at www. ouaÂ”.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 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 email@example.com ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSHVAC Service Techs, Installers, & HelpersFull Time, Experience Required, Apply withinOkee A/C 312 SW 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL 863-763-8391EOE/DFWP G lades Count y B.O.C.C. E X C ELLENT BENEFIT S HEALTH C ARE AND S TATE RETIREMENT Full Time Job Openings pg R ec y cle Coordinato r S ervice Truck Mechanic/O p erato r P le a se visit www.myglades.com yg to view job SU BMIT APPLICATI O N T O: G ab rielle I b iet a t o rremen d i a Hu m a n Res ou rces Direct or 198 6TH Stree t P O B o x 1 527 M oore Haven, Fl 33471 ( 863 ) 946-6009 F ( 863 ) 946-2290 G lades Count y is an E q ual O pp ortunit y Employer and is a dru g -free workplace. VeteranÂ’s Preference will be g iven inacc o rdance with Fl o rida Statutes 295.07. O keech o bee H&R Bl o c k k hrblock.com / careers Auctions A U CTI O N E ver y Frida y & S aturday ni g hts at 5:30 9 17 SW P a rk St. ( Behind EliÂ’s Western Wear ) Quality Consi g nments Acce p ted. Wa tf o r d A u cti o n 1 0 % B P 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 W e B u y E st a te s Anti q ues, Collectibles, H ousehold, Tools, Jewelr y and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time Badcock Home Furniture & More Warehouse/Delivery Opening Job requires lifting. Unloading, loading, uncrate, assemble and deliver furniture. Keeping warehouse organized and clean and any additional duties assigned by Management. No driving required. Must work on Saturday. Apply in person at 512 NW Park Street. Employment Full Time C la ss B CD L Tankwa g on Driver w / Â”XÂ” Endorsement Â– O keech o bee Re gi on Pa lm da le O il C o m p an y is one of the l ar g est family owned p etroleum whole s ale com p an y in the S t a te o f Fl o ri da We s ell diesel, g asoline, m a rine f u els a n d o ils / lubricant. We are currentl y re cruitin g for a Driver i n the O keech ob ee R e g ion. The po s iti o n c o nsists of makin g deliveries o f fuel, diesel & lu b ric a nts. M u st h a ve knowled g e of 4,000 g al tankwa g on and bo x tr u ck d eliveries alon g with all cu r rent D O T Re q uire ments to include, Â“ XÂ” Endorsement, me d ic a l c a r d a n d clean MRV. We of f f fer our em p lo y ees trainin g competi tive p a y com p re hensive he a lthc a re packa g e, holiday / v acation p a y and g ood home time. If y ou are i ntereste d in a challen g in g and rewardin g career, call Jim 863.763.3617. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your cleanupabreeze! One manÂs trash is another manÂs treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todayÂs competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Contact a Sales Representative today: 863.763.3134 | firstname.lastname@example.orgPublishes Sunday and Wednesday Great Branding & Image Building Opportunity
August 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL ACTI O N C a s e#: 2 0 1 6 -CA0003 91 W ells Far g o Bank, NA Plaintiff v s F lorentino Martinez; Wilfredo Martinez; Unknown S p ouse of Florentino Marti nez; Unknown S p ouse of Wilfredo Martinez; Unknown Parties in Possession #1, i f livin g and all Unknown Parties claimin g by, throu g h, under and a g ainst the above named Defendant ( s ) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grant t t ees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, if livin g and all U nknown Parties claimin g by, throu g h, under and a g ainst the above named D efendant ( s ) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown P arties ma y claim an interest as S p ouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Cl a im a nt s Defen da nt s N O TICE O F SAL E N OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to order reschedulin g foreclosure sale or F inal Jud g ment, entered in Civil Case No. 2016-CA-000391 of the Circuit Court o f the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y Florida, wherein Wells F ar g o Bank, NA, Plaintiff and Florentino Martinez are defendant(s), I, Clerk o f Court, Sharon Robertson, will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash in th e J ur y Assembl y Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee C ount y Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 be g innin g at 11:00 A.M. o n September 26, 2018 p, 8 8 the following described property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment, to-wit: LOT 8, BLOCK 3, BASSWOOD UNIT ONE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE O F, AS REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 3 PAGE 22, O F THE PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. ANY PERS O N CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FR O M THE SALE, IF ANY, O THER THAN THE PR O PERTY O WNER AS O F THE DATE O F THE LIS P ENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. D ATED THIS 27TH DAY OF JULY, 2018 S h a r o n R ob erts on CLERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU RT Okeechobee Count y Florid a B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D EP U TY CLERK O F C OU RT Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Per r r so ns With Disabilities If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost t o y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our s cheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this no t ification if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 days; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. S PANI SH : Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita al g u na ada p tacion p ara p oder p artici p ar de este p rocedimiento o eve n t o; usted tiene derecho, sin costo al g uno a que se le provea cierta ay uda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que ten g a que com p arecer en corte o inmediatamente des p ues de haber recibido esta notificacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su compare cencia. Si tiene una disca p acidad auditiva de habla, llame al 711. qpp KREY O L : Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou apar r r ey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezw w w en peye anyen pou ou j wen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 OÂ’mwen 7 j ou avan ke ou g en pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis s a-a ou si le ke ou g en pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 j ou; Si ou p a ka tande ou p ale b y en, rele 711. 278751 ON 8/29;9/5/2018 Business Opportunities Business Opportunities Need EXTRA MONEY?MOTOR ROUTE AVAILABLE107 SW 17th St Â• Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL ACTI O N C ASE NO.: 47-2018-CA-000013 P NC BANK, NATI O NAL ASS O CIATI O N Pl a intif f v s JEAN BROCKWAY A/K/A JEAN M. BROCKWAY, et al Defendant ( s ) N O TICE O F SALE P U RS U ANT T O CHAPTER 4 S N OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure dated Au g ust 1, 2018, and entered in Case No. 47-2018-CA-000013 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y Florida i n which PNC Bank, National Association, is the Plaintiff and Jean M. Brockwa y a/k/a Jean Brockwa y Todd Brockwa y a/k/a Todd A. Brockwa y Indian Ham mock Hunt and Ridin g Club, Inc., are defendants, the Okeechobee County Cler k o f the Circuit Court will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembl y Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd S treet, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee Count y Florida at 11:00AM o n the 26th day of September, 2018, the followin g described property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure: LOT 248, INDIAN HAMMOCK HUNT & RIDING CLUB, ACCOR D ING T O THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 4, PAG ES 25 THR O UGH 69, INCLUSIVE, O F THE PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. A /K/A 32801 HWY 441 N, LOT 248, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claimin g an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the p ro p ert y owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 6 0 da y s after the sale D ated in Okeechobee Councy, Florida thls 2nd day of Au g ust, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON Clerk o f the Circ u it C ou rt Okeechobee Count y Florid a B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk Albertelli Law Attorne y for Plaintif f P .O. Box23028 Tam p a, FL 33623 ( 813 ) 221-474 3 ( 813 ) 221-9171 facsimil e e S ervice: s ervealaw @ albertellilaw.com @ In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order t o participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost to you, t o the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, A DA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our sched u led court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this notifica t ion if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 da y s; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. 280571 ON 08/29;9/5//2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT C O URT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE N O .: 2017-CA-00002 2 TD BANK N A, Plaintiff v s M ADONNA L. ARNOLD, et al. Defen da nts. N O TICE O F SALE N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated A p ril 17, 2018, and entered in Case No. 2017-CA-000022 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y Florida w herein TD Bank, N.A., is Plaintiff, and Madonna L. Arnold, et al., are Defe n dants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, Jur y Assembl y Room, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 be g innin g at 11:00 a.m. on September 26 ,2018, the followin g described property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment o f Foreclosure, to wit: THE N O RTH HALF O F L O T 1, BL O CK 1 O F N O RTH LAKE C O UN TRY ESTATES, UNIT 1, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F, AS REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 5, PAGE 71, O F THE PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. Pro p ert y Address: 302 SW 87th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida 34974-1556 ANY PERS O N CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE S U RPL U S PR O CEEDS F R O M THE SALE, IF ANY, O THER THEN THE PR O PERTY O WNER AS O F THE D ATE O F THE LIS PENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER T HE S ALE. D ATED this 25th da y of A p ril, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON Clerk o f Circ u it C ou rt B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost t o y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie J ohnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our s cheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this no t ification if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 days; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. 260358 ON 8/29;9/5/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT C O URT O F THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE N O .: 17 000 2 0 1CAAXMX 2 1st M O RTGAGE C O RP O RATI O N Plaintiff v s UNKN O WN, SP O USE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIEN O RS, CREDIT O RS, TRUSTEES AND ALL O THER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST B Y, THR O UGH, UNDER O R AGAINST THE ESTATE O F CHARLES A. TAYL O R AKA CHARLES ANTH O NY TAYL O R O R AKA CHARLES ARTHUR TAYL O R, DE CEASED; SPECIALTY FINANCE, INC.; CHARLES ANTHONY TAYLOR, II; JAC C C Q UELINE ANN TAYL O R AKA JAC Q UELINE ANN KABEL; UNKN O WN TENANT #1; UNKN O WN TENANT # 2, Defen da nts. C LERKÂ’S N O TICE O F SALE U NDER F.S. CHAPTER 4 5 NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure dated Jul y 19, 2018, in the above-st y led cause, the Clerk of the Court will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash o n S e p tember 12, 2018 at 11:00 a .m. in the Jur y Assembl y Room of the Okeechobee Count y Judicial C enter located at 312 N.W. 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee, FL 3 497 2 the following described property: 2 L O T 5 3 O USLEY ESTATES, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 5, PAGES 3 6 AND 3 7, PUBLIC RE CO RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA TOGETHER WITH A 1986 HOMETTE MANUFACTURED HOME; BEARING SERIAL#: P24031181145A AND P24031181145B Pro p ert y address: 4031 SW 9th Wa y Okeechobee, FL 34974. ANY PERS O N CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FR O M THE SALE, IF ANY, O THER THAN THE PR O PERTY O WNER AS O F THE DATE O F THE LIS P ENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. S HAR O N R O BERTS O N, CLERK O KEECH O BEE CIRC U IT C OU RT B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk 276986 ON 8/22,29/2018 Employment Part Time Employment Part Time P renatal/Infant health coalition seeks a p art time, bi-lin g ual Maternity Care Advisor with professional writin g and g reat or g anizational Employment Full Time General Laborers (FT) W.R. Smith Land Clearing. We are looking for a crew of efficient, hard-working laborers for a land prepping job. We are offering a consistent work schedule of 40+ hours a week. The ideal candidates will be capable of working with minimal oversight, but willing to follow directions closely. No prior experience is required. Please contact Will Smith, (863) 4450026, if interested. MA C HANI C WANTED CALL 863-623-6564 S E HABLA ESPAN O L No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. Tractor Op erator ( FT ) W.R. 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Shop here first! The classified ads14 Okeechobee News August 29, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA B O ARD O F C OU NTY C O MMISSI O NER S T EFRA / PUBLIC HEARING T he Miami-Dade Count y Industrial Develo p ment Authorit y ( the Â“Authorit y Â” ) has been re q uested to issue its Solid Waste Dis p osal Revenue Bonds ( Waste M ana g ement Inc. Pro j ect), in one or more series in an a gg re g ate principal amount not to exceed $70,000,000 ( the Â“New Mone y BondsÂ” ) the p roceeds o f the various series of which will provide financin g for (i) solid waste disposal capital expenditures in Okeechobee County, Florida (the Â“CountyÂ”) and approx x x i mately 5 other j urisdictions located throu g hout the State of Florida and (ii) to pay for certain bond issuance costs (collectively, the Â“2018 Pro j ectÂ”). The 2018 P ro j ect will be financed as part of an on g oin g plan of financin g for the 2018 Pro j ect and will be owned and operated by Waste Mana g ement, Inc., a Delaware cor p oration, and/or one or more related and/or affiliated entities ( collectivel y the Â“Com p an y Â” ) T he 2018 Pro j ect consists of financin g and refinancin g includin g throu g h reim bursement, (a) improvements to existing landfill facilities, including (a) improve e e ments to permitted landfill facilities, includin g but not limited to (i) construction o f new disposal cells and liners within currently permitted acrea g e, (ii) additions and improvements to the leachate collection and treatment system, includin g leachate trenching, (iii) additions and improvements to the methane gas sys s s tem, ( iv ) installation of new liners for intermittent and final closure of com p leted s ections of the landfill facilities, (v) site improvements, (vi) buildin g construction; and (vii) acquisition of equipment to be used at the landfill facilities, (b) improve e e ments to existin g collection (haulin g ) and transfer station facilities, includin g (i) ac q uisition of solid waste dis p osal trucks and su pp ort vehicles, ( ii ) ac q uisition o f s olid waste dis p osal containers and related e q ui p ment, ( iii ) ac q uisition of solid w aste sortin g and processin g equipment, (iv) site improvements and (v) build i n g construction, and (c) acquisition of other equipment and assets necessary to s upport the fore g oin g improvements and to place them in to service. The 2018 P ro j ect locations are at existin g facilities, owned or mana g ed by the Company. T he address and expected a gg re g ate principal amounts of the Bonds to be i ssued to finance im p rovements at each location are as follows: A dd res s A m ou n t 1. 2700 Wiles Road, Pom p ano Beach, Florid a $29,000,000 2. 14415 Count y Road 39, Duette, Florid a $10,000,000 3. 9350 NW 89th Avenue, Medle y Florid a $8,500,000 4 10800 NE 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florid a $14,000,000 5 242 Keene Road West, A p o p ka, Florid a $5,000,000 6 1940 East State Road 78 NW, Moore Haven, Florida $3,500,000 In addition, the National Finance Authorit y of the State of New Ham p shire has been requested by the Company to issue its refundin g revenue bonds, in one or more series in an a gg re g ate principal amount not to exceed $48,000,000 (the Â“ Refundin g BondsÂ” and to g ether with the New Money Bonds, the Â“BondsÂ”), the proceeds of the various series of which will provide refinancin g for all or a portion o f (i) solid waste disposal capital expenditures in the County and j urisdictions l ocated throu g hout the State of Florida (shown below) and (ii) to pay for certain bond issuance costs (collectively, the Â“Refundin g Pro j ectsÂ” and to g ether with the 2018 Pro j ect, the Â“Pro j ectÂ”). T he Refundin g Pro j ects will be refinanced and will be owned and operated by the Com p an y and/or one or more related and/or affiliated entities. The Refund i n g Pro j ects consist of refinancin g (a) improvements to permitted landfill facilities, i ncludin g but not limited to (i) construction of disposal cells and liners within currently permitted acrea g e, (ii) additions and improvements to the leachate collection and treatment system, includin g leachate trenchin g (iii) additions and improvements to the methane g as system, (iv) installation of liners for i ntermittent and final closure of com p leted sections of the landfill facilities, ( v ) s ite improvements, (vi) buildin g construction; and (vii) acquisition of equipment to be used at the landfill facilities, (b) improvements to existin g collection (haul i n g ) and transfer station facilities, includin g (i) acquisition of solid waste disposal trucks and su pp ort vehicles, ( ii ) ac q uisition of solid waste dis p osal containers and related equipment, (iii) acquisition of solid waste sorting and processing equip p p ment, (iv) site improvements and (v) buildin g construction, and (c) acquisition o f o ther equipment and assets necessary to support the fore g oin g improvements and to p lace them in to service. T he Refundin g Pro j ects are bein g refinanced throu g h the Refundin g of all or a p ortion of the Miami-Dade Count y Industrial Develo p ment Authorit y Solid Waste D isposal Revenue Bonds (Waste Mana g ement Inc. of Florida Pro j ect), Series 2006 (the Â“Series 2006 BondsÂ”). The Refundin g Pro j ects are located at existin g facilities and are owned or mana g ed by the Company. The address of the solid w aste facilit y located in the Count y is 10800 NE 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, F lorida (the Â“Okeechobee LocationÂ”), and the expected a gg re g ate principal amount of the Refundin g Bonds to be issued to refinance improvements at that facilit y is $7,050,000. All or a p ortion of the Series 2006 Bonds ma y be refinanced w ith p roceeds from a series of bonds issued b y the National Finance Authorit y o f the State of New Hampshire. The other Pro j ect locations where the Refundin g P ro j ects are located in addition to the Okeechobee Location are: 1. 9350 NW 89th Avenue, Medle y Florid a 2. 8801 NW 91st Street, Medle y Florid a 3. 3831 NW 21st Avenue, Pom p ano Beach, Florid a 4 2700 Wiles Road, Pom p ano Beach, Florid a T he Bonds shall not be a debt, liability or obli g ation of the Authority, the County o r of the State of Florida, or of an y p olitical subdivision thereof, but shall be p a y able solel y from p a y ments derived from the Com p an y and its o p eration o f the facilities or the securit y instruments for the Bonds. P lease take note that the Board of Count y Commissioners of the Count y will hold a public hearin g on the Pro j ect, the nature and location of each Pro j ect component and associated issues re g ardin g the proposed issuance of the New M oney Bonds and the Refundin g Bonds in the Commission Meetin g Room at the Okeechobee Count y Courthouse, 304 Northwest 2nd Street, Okeechobee, F lorida, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, commencin g at 9:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter, at which time any person may be heard re g ardin g the proposed i ssuance of said Bonds and the Pro j ect. Written comments may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners of the County in advance of the hearin g 284128 ON 8 / 29 / 2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL CIRC U IT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE NO.: 18000115CAAXMX W ELLS FARG O BANK, NA P laintiff, vs U NKN O WN HEIRS BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, SURVIVING SP O USE, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEE, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER P ARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY THR OU GH U NDER O R AGAINST THE E STATE OF BERTHA JIMENEZ, DECEASED; et al. D efendant ( s ) N O TICE O F ACTI O N TO : UNKN O WN HEIRS BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, SURVIVING SP O USE, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEE, LIEN O RS, CREDIT O RS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL O THER P ARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY THR OU GH U NDER O R AGAINST THE E STATE O F BERTHA JIMENEZ, DECEASE D La st Kn o wn Resi d ence: U nkn o wn U nkn o wn Ten a nt I U nkn o wn Ten a nt 2 L ast Known Residence: 3306 Northwest 34th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 3497 2 YOU ARE N O TIFIE D that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following D p ro p ert y in Okeechobee Count y Florida: L O T 24, BL O CK 49, BASSW OO D INC O RP O RATED UNIT NUM BER 5, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 3 PAGE 51 O F THE PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE CO UNTY, FL O RIDA. has been filed a g ainst you and you are required to serve a copy of your w ritten defenses, if an y to it on ALDRIDGE I PITE, LLP, Plaintiffs attorne y at 1615 South Con g ress Avenue, Suite 200, Delray Beach, FL 33445, on or before 8-20-2018, and file the ori g inal with the clerk of this court either before s ervice on Plaintiffs attorne y or immediatel y thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered a g ainst you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. D ated on Jul y 16, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON As Clerk o f the C ou r t B Y: Arlene Ne a lis As De p ut y Clerk 275549 ON 8/22,29/2018 ANTENNA STR U CT U RE RE G ISTRATI O N P U BLIC N O TICE CTI Towers Assets II, LLC ( Â“CTIÂ” ) has filed an a pp lication with the Federal Communications Commission (Â“FCCÂ”) to register an existing, 195-foot tall mo o o no-pole telecommunications tower that is owned by CTI. The existin g telecom munications tower is located at 5125 SW 16th Ave., Okeechobee, Okeechobee Count y FL ( 27 11Â’ 53.6Â” N / 80 50Â’ 30.5Â” W ) No ex p ansion or modification to the existin g telecommunications tower is bein g proposed in connection w ith this application. FAA obstruction li g htin g is not required for the existin g telecommunications tower. The purpose of this application is to simply re g ister a previously unre g istered tower structure with the FCC. This application may be viewed by g oin g to www.fcc. g ov/asr/applications and enterin g Application N umber A1111543. Interested p ersons ma y raise p otential environmental im pact concerns associated with this application by filin g a Request for Further E nvironmental Review with the FCC ( Â“Re q uestsÂ” ) Re q uests can be filed online and instructions for filin g such Requests can be found at www.fcc. g ov/asr / environmentalre q uest. Re q uests can also be sent to: FCC Re q uests for Envi ronmental Review, Attn: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washin g ton DC 20554. Re q uests should also be sent to CTI Towers Assets II, LLC, c/o General Counsel, CTI Towers Inc., 5000 CentreGreen Wa y Suite 325, Car y NC 27513. 282885 ON 08 / 29 / 2018 FIRST B U D G ET HEARIN G AND RE GU LAR CITY C OU NCIL MEETIN G N O TICE N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN that the Cit y Council will conduct a Re g ular Meeting beginning at g 6:00 p.m. on Tue., Sep. 4, 2018, or as soon there e e after as p ossible, at Cit y Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. T h e First Public Hearing to consider the proposed 2018/2019 Fiscal Year g Annual Bud g et will be conducted at this meetin g The public is invited and e n coura g ed to attend. Contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the a g enda. A NY PERS O N DECIDIN G T O APPEA L any decision made by the City L Council with respect to any matter considered at this meetin g will need to e n s ure a verbatim record of the proceedin g is made and the record includes the testimon y and evidence u p on which the a pp eal will be based. In accordance w ith the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) an y p erson with a disabilit y as defined b y the ADA, that needs s p ecial accommodation to p artici p ate in this proceedin g contact the City ClerkÂ’s Office no later than two business days prior to proceedin g 863-763-3372. BE ADVI S E D that should y ou intend to show an y document, p icture, video o r items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the a g enda, a co py of the document, p icture, video, or item M UST be provided to the City T Clerk for the Cit y Â’s records. B y: Mayor Dowlin g R. Watford, Jr 284356 ON 8 / 29 / 2018 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2018-CP-143 In re: Estate of CLAUDE RONNIE MAYES, a/k/a CLAUDE RONALD MAYES, a/k/a CLAUDE R. MAYES. Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Ancillary administration) The ancillary administration of the estate of CLAUDE RONNIE MAYES, a/k/a CLAUDE RONALD MAYES, a/k/a CLAUDE R. MAYES, deceased, date of death December 31, 2017, is pending in the Circui t Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address o f which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, T he names and addresses of the ancillary personal representative and the ancillary personal representativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS A FTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must file their claims with this Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS A FTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH A BOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE A FTER THE DECEDENTÂ’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The first publication date of this notice is: August 29, 2018. Ancillary Personal Representative: Christopher Lee Bowman 11400 Blade Crest Court Lousiville, Kentucky 40291 Attorney for Ancillary Personal Representative CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Office Box 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367 (863)763-3825 Primary E-Mail Address: email@example.com Secondary I E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Secondary 2 E-Mail Address: email@example.com By Torn W. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 283210 ON 8/29;9/5/2018 Fictitious Name N O TICE U NDER FICTITI OU S NAME LAW N otice is hereby g iven that the undersi g ned pursuant to the Â“Fictiti ou s N a me St a t u e Â” w ill re g ister with Florida De p artment of State, Division name, to w i t; J ames Thomas D e V arenne s U nder which we ex p ect to en g a g e in business at: 3039 SE 28th Ave. O keechobee, Fl. 3497 4 In the Cit y of Okeechobee / Count y Okeechobee, Florida. 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Friendly.RaulersonHospital.com School Information GuideOKEECHOBEE Superintendent Letter School Calendar School Bus Schedule School Listings Progress Report and Report Card Schedule"Achieving Excellence" Open HouseTuesdayAugust 8, 2017 School Starts Thursday August 10, 2017 Big Lake Eye Care863-763-3937606 North Parrott Avenuewww.biglakeeyecare.com Call to Schedule your eye appointment today!2 0 1 7 ~ 2 0 1 8 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Okeechobee freshman Joy Whipple is this weekÂs Big Lake Athlete of the Week for her performance in the Lady Brahmans v arsity volleyball game against Lincoln Park A cademy on Aug. 23. Whipple had 13 kills and six serving aces against Lincoln Park Academy. The Lady Brahmans won the game in four sets. She has 14 kills, nine serving aces and four digs over the Â“rst two games Okeechobee has played so far this season. Joy gives credit to the Lady Brahman defense for her success against Lincoln Park. ÂOur defense was very impressive,ÂŽ said W hipple. ÂThose girls did an incredible job getting the ball to our setters, so we could be aggressive with our hitting. Our setters w orked very hard to fake out the opposing blockers while still having beautiful sets. Our hitting was aggressive and smart. Finding holes in the court, watching the blockersÂ moves, and all in all putting the ball on the Â”oor in hopes of no return. We worked together as a team, and by the end of this season, we will be a force to be reckoned with.ÂŽ Lady Brahmans coach Taylor Padrick says that JoyÂs decisiveness on the court is one of her strengths. ÂWhen she attacks the ball, she takes into account the other side,ÂŽ explained Padrick. ÂShe watches the defense and makes a decision based on her best chance to get the point. Whether going line, cross court, or tipping, she really thinks quickly and usually makes a great decision.ÂŽ Whipple played volleyball at Osceola Middle School and played for the Chobee Volleyball Academy team, which took home gold medals at both the Gasparilla Volleyball Kickoff and at the 2018 Super Regional Volleyball Tournament in the beginning of 2018. As a freshman, this is her Â“rst year playing varsity volleyball at the high school level. ÂSo far the transition to high school volleyball has been exciting,ÂŽ Whipple said. ÂKnowing that IÂm going up against seniors and girls that already have been signed to college is a little nerve-wracking. A lot of these other teams have girls that I have never seen before, but itÂs good to see new girls with different abilities. It keeps the game interesting.ÂŽ To nominate an athlete for Big Lake Athlete of the Week, email Okeechobee News sports reporter Richard Marion at email@example.com. Big Lake Athlete of the Week: Joy Whipple Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionOkeechobee freshman Joy Whipple serves in the Lady BrahmansÂ game against Lincoln Park Academy on Aug. 23. Whipple had six aces in the match. By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The ofÂ“ce at the sports complex pool has held only one trophy on its shelf for the past 11 years. That trophy, awarded in 2007, marked the Â“rst and only time the Okeechobee Shockwaves swim team had been able to place in the top three in a regional tournament. And it comes as no surprise as Okeechobee faces stiff competition year in and year out from swim teams on the Treasure Coast. These coastal teams have facilities that allow them to swim all year, giving them the opportunity to constantly improve their skills, while Okeechobee swimmers have only a fraction of the pool time. All of which makes it that much more impressive that Okeechobee was able to Â“nish in third place in the regional tournament in August and Â“nally bring another trophy to the sports complex. Shockwaves coach and Okeechobee police Detective Jack Boon says he always had conÂ“dence in his team, despite the odds. ÂI was extremely happy and proud of the children,ÂŽ said Boon. ÂI had no doubts that they could perform well because IÂve watched them grow over the last few years. IÂm hoping for second place next year, maybe Â“rst.ÂŽ Assistant coach Michael Muros gave coach Boon credit for being a leader for the team despite missing some time for police training. ÂJack really showed everyone on the team that he was really committed to them,ÂŽ explained Muros. ÂEven though he missed a couple weeks for his training, he was still the center of the team. He always knew how to talk to anyone in the program, whether it be a child, a parent or another coach; he knew how to communicate with them. It was really great to learn from him how to be a good coach. Our other assistant coach, Aubrey Reister, also killed it this season. She kept everyone together and made sure the workouts were well-balanced. ÂWe deÂ“nitely surpassed a lot of our expectations,ÂŽ continued Muros. ÂThe fact that we were able to perform so well against these really seasoned teams is astounding to us and we love it. WeÂre really excited for the next season.ÂŽ Next year, the Shockwaves will attempt to bring another trophy home, but for now a good portion of the Shockwaves team will continue swimming for the Okeechobee High School swim team, who will face Sebastian River on Sept. 4. A fter 11-year drought, Okeechobee Shockwaves bring home trophy Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionShockwaves member Gracie Gamiotea practices in early morning hours at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex pool.
Special to the Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE Â„ A virus Â“rst found in Tampa Bay-area mosquitoes that can cause a rash and mild fever has been identiÂ“ed in humans for the Â“rst time, according to Univ ersity of Florida researchers. The Â“ndings are yet another indicator of the range of diseases that can be caused by mosquito bites in Florida, in keeping with a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlighted the almost doubling of vector-borne disease cases in the United States since the early 2000s. ÂAlthough the virus has never previously been found in humans, the infection may actually be fairly common in North Florida,ÂŽ said J. Glenn Morris, M.D., M.P.H., director of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute and corresponding author of the report on the virus published June 9 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. ÂItÂs one of these instances where if you donÂt know to look for something, you donÂt Â“nd it,ÂŽ he added. The virus, called ÂKeystone virusÂŽ after the location in the Tampa Bay area where it was initially identiÂ“ed in 1964, has been found in animal populations along coastal regions stretching from Texas to the Chesapeake Bay. While there were no reports of human infection until now, human infection has long been suspected. A 1972 article in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene reported Keystone virus antibodies in 19 percent to 21 percent of the people tested in the Tampa Bay region. The new report, titled ÂKeystone Virus Isolated from a Florida Teenager with Rash and Subjective Fever: Another Endemic Arbovirus in the Southeastern United States?ÂŽ says a teenage boy went into an urgent care clinic in north-central Florida with a rash and fever symptoms in August 2016, during the Zika virus epidemic in Florida and the Caribbean. Because of concerns about Zika, laboratory samples were collected from the patient; however, all studies were negative for Zika or related viruses. Unexpectedly, UF researchers did Â“nd Keystone virus when they did viral cultures from the patient samples. Although the patient did not report symptoms of encephalitis, researchers report that the virus grew well in Neuro-2A cell cultures. Neuro-2A cells are mouse brain cells, and the ability of the virus to grow in these cells suggests that Keystone virus can infect brain cells, and may pose a risk for brain infections. ÂThis virus is part of a group commonly known as the California serogroup of viruses,ÂŽ said John Lednicky, Ph.D., a research professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health ProfessionsÂ department of environmental and global health and a member of the Emerging Pathogens Institute. Dr. Lednicky is the Â“rst author of the report. 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