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Okeechobee news
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Sunday, September 9, 2018 75¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 108 Special to the Okeechobee NewsKeith Morgan (left) and Cody Wojcieszak (right) along with their captain, Stephen Wojcieszak (center), were awarded anglers of the year for 2018 at the OHS Bass Club banquet. 14.65 feetLast Year: 13.67 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Glades County to September 9, 2018 Okeechobee News 1 Our Focus is to Make You ComfortableŽ 467-1545LIC NO. CAC029420 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Bass Club will be hitting the waters of Orange Lake on Sept. 9 to kick off the 2018-19 season of Florida B.A.S.S. Nation, with “rst weigh-in scheduled to be held at the Bass Pro Shop in Gainesville. OHS Bass Club is entering its third year and will be competing against as many as 200 other teams both on Lake Okeechobee and throughout the state with the ultimate goal of earning a trip to nationals to “sh Lake Kentucky against the top teams in the country. The OHS Bass Club quali“ed for the national “nals in 2017, which took place in Alabama, and was honored by the Okeechobee County School Board for their achievement. Kimberly Wojcieszak helps organize OHS Bass Club and says that the club offers a way for some teens to participate in a sport who normalBass club kicks off new seasonSee BASS „ Page 10 Newspaper merger planned for publications around lakeBy Katrina ElskenINI Florida In the pioneer days when new cities were founded all around Lake Okeechobee, newspapers were established to bring community members together. In order to organize a new city, town or county, they needed a way to communicate with the people. The newspapers in Okeechobee, Clewiston, Moore Haven and Belle Glade/Pahokee were founded for that reason. For decades they have carried out that mission.Times have changed, and the newspapers have changed with them, while holding true to their core mission to give community members the information they need to make decisions on issues that affect their families, homes and businesses. In addition to the print editions, the newspapers around Lake Okeechobee no w have websites updated regularly throughout the week, reaching a broader audience than ever before and giving the readers more information than ever before. The publications also have social media pages that draw readers to Lake Okeechobee News: Were stronger togetherSee NEWS „ Page 10 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board is planning to de“ne its medical marijuan a policy and vote to approve it in one of the upcoming monthly meetings. The Florida legislature is requiring each school district in the state to adopt a polic y and procedure for allowing a student who is a quali“ed patient to have access to his or her medical marijuana and identify ho w the marijuana will be received, accounted for and stored. Im bringing this to you because it is required by law that we have a policy,Ž explained Superintendent Ken Kenworthy to school board members at their meeting on Sept. 6. Under the proposed policy, an individual who has been legally prescribed medical marijuana or low-THC cannabis would have it administered to them from their primary caregiver on campus. The polic y would exclude any school personnel or other students from handling the medical marijuana. Schools must address rules for medical marijuana See SCHOOL „ Page 10


By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Fire Departments newest “re“ghter/EMT, Austin Bohn, was born in 1996 in Salt Lake City, Utah, before he and his family moved to Plano, Texas, and eventually, by the age of 6, to Wellington, w here he has resided ever since. He is the “rstborn of “ve, having three brothers and one sister younger than himself. When he w as not attending school during his summers, “reman Bohn stated: I enjoyed playing lots of golf and baseball. I loved to “sh and also ride dirt bikes.Ž Playing kickball with members of his family and his friends was one of his favorite games to play as youth, conveying: Sunday afternoons, we would usually have a big kickball game involving my brothers and friends.Ž Mr. Bohn graduated from Palm Beach Central High School in 2015, with his favorite subject to study being economics. He said his favorite sport to play while in school was golf but that his favorite to spectate was football. During school, I played for the golf and the basketball team. I have always wanted to play the guitar and since decided to begin teaching myself how to play,Ž “re“ghter Bohn explained. He said that his favorite aspect of school was being able to be around his friends but his least-liked thing about it was that it took time away from his ability to work, expressing: I started working at a young age and I loved to work and make money.Ž Shortly after his high school graduation, he was able to earn his Associate of Arts degree in 2017 from Palm Beach State College, explaining: I was ahead in classes in high school, so I was able to take all college classes my senior year at Palm Beach State College. So, I decided to continue to pursue my degree after graduation from high school in 2015.Ž Before becoming a “rst responder, Mr. Bohn took up his “rst job working at a golf course at the age of 15, which he said was also his worst job. When asked why he chose to be a “re“ghter, he replied: I decided I was going to pursue “re“ghting when I was 20. I am not the type of person to sit at a desk well. Its a profession that Ive always admired as a child, and I really wanted to get out and help my community.Ž Fireman Bohn continued: Ive been with the City of Okeechobee for almost three months now, and this is my “rst job as a “re“ghter/emergency medical technician (EMT). Even though I am from the east coast, I have always liked the Okeechobee area and I felt like it would be a good “t for me, even before I saw the job opening, so the timing worked out perfectly.Ž He was then asked how his job, as a “rst responder, has created value in his life, “re“ghter/EMT Bohn responded: Since this is my “rst job as a “re“ghter, the job here has created a lot of value in my life. I am learning something new every day I come to work, and I work with some really great people. I am really enjoying helping the community of Okeechobee.Ž When faced with the inquiry of who or what was his biggest in”uence in his career, he replied: I have a family friend that I have known for a long time who is a “re“ghter. He made a huge impact on my decision to pursue this career. He used to let me come into the station a few times to loo k around, check the place out and see ho w things work.Ž Not only is this Mr. Bohns “rst job as a “re“ghter/EMT, but he is also the “rst member of his family ever to become a “rst responder. In his spare time, Mr. Bohn said he loves to work out, play golf, work on his truck and ride his motorcycle. If he could choose to live in another time period, he said, It would be growing up in the 50s. I have always felt like I would “t in well with that time period.Ž He said if he could meet anyone that it would be his great-grandfather, stating, I am told our personalities are similar and that I remind others of him.Ž When he was asked, if he was able to possess one superhuman power, what it would be, “re“ghter/EMT Bohn replied: My one superpower would be super strength, which would be useful in many aspects of “re“ghting.Ž Okeechobees newest “rst responder: OFDs Austin Bohn2 Okeechobee News September 9, 2018 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Today: Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High near 90F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.Extended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High around 90F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Monday Night: Isolated thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%. Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms. High near 90F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable. Wednesday: Mostly sunny early. Scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High near 90F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Okeechobee Forecast Austin Bohn Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenFestival hosts Battle of the BandsThe band named I killed AnubisŽ won the Okeechobee Battle of the Bands at the Labor Day Festival on Sept. 1 in Flagler Park. T he band members are: Charles Sadler (guitar), Chris Chaos (guitar), Colton Norsworthy (bass), Nick Valcanient (drums and vocals) and Jaycee Shipman (vocals) The band now has a chance to audition at Destination Okeechobee in Orlando in February, for the opportunity to win a spot to play at the Okeechobee Music Festival in March.


Special to the Okeechobee News Experiences of a lifetime await students and community members who travel the w orld through Indian River State College (IRSC) Study Abroad. IRSC will offer eight fascinating trips during 2019, with the op portunity for participants to earn college credits related to each trips area of empha sis. The new slate of Study Abroad opportunities explore the people, culture, history, and economics in a variety of locations. € Switzerland: Health and Happiness (May 8…15, 2019) Visit Zurich, Bern, Geneva, and Lucerne, and learn why Switzerland is consistently listed as one of the top “ve happiest countries in the world. Included in the trip is a special stop at the International Red Cross Museum. € England: London Fire Service (May 13…20, 2019) Explore London and spend two days w orking with the London Fire Brigade. Participants will also visit museums, attend a theater performance and tour historical sites. € Switzerland, Italy and France: Economics, Math and Sociology (May 16…28, 2019) Immerse yourself in the inner workings, history, and culture of four European countries while applying social science and math concepts that in”uence the United States and European global, social, and cultural points of view. Visit Lucerne and Zurich in Switzerland; Venice, Florence and Pisa in It aly; Monaco; Cinque Terre and the French Riviera, with extension to Paris, in France. € Czech Republic and England: International Relations and Diplomacy in Prague (May 16…June 13, 2019) Live on a university campus in Prague while studying with an international group of students. Learn about global business, diverse cultures and political in”uences and their impact on the world. Share ideas and knowledge on how to make a better world. € Japan: Urban Environment and Culture (May 20…30, 2019) Visit Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone, Kamakura and Tokyo. Experience the inner workings, history and culture of Japan while appreciating the blend of culture and technology in all aspects of the Japanese lifestyle. Explore, compare, learn and appreciate the wide range of global, social and cultural differences between the United States and Japan. € Caribbean: Constellations, Celestial Navigation and Mayan Archaeoastronomy (May 26…June 2, 2019) Cruise from Port Canaveral to ports in the Bahamas, Mexico, Honduras and Costa Maya, and learn to identify seasonal stars and constellations „ including the Southern Cross and other southerly patterns not visible from the U.S. „ and learn the basics of celestial navigation and sextant use. Tour Mayan ruins and discover Mayan archaeocosmology and rudiments of Maya glyphs, Maya calendar construction, and base 20 counting system. Examine astronomy features of Maya buildings and the use of MesoAmerican pyramids and other ancient observatories. € Guatemala: Honors Program Cultural Experience (June 14…23, 2019) Guatemala, the land of eternal spring,Ž is a breathtaking land of magni“cent lakes, towering volcanoes and ancient ruins. IRSC honors students will have the opportunit y to compare and contrast the political and cultural differences between the United States and Guatemala, while also learning about one of the Mayan civilizations and the diverse Guatemalan ecosystem. Visit Guatemala City, Petenchel, Antigua and Lake Atitln, Guatemala. This trip is open exclusivel y to IRSC honor students. € Costa Rica: Service Learning and Spanish Language Classes (June 24 … July 7, 2019) Students will live with Costa Rican families, attend language classes and participate in cultural excursions and service activities that will enhance the learning experience. They will visit and explore San Joaquin de Flores, Heredia, La Fortuna and La Carpio. The Study Abroad program is presented in support of the IRSC International Studies and Global Initiatives. For more information visit or call 1-866-792-4772 and indicate your trip of interest. Study abroad with IRSCSeptember 9, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING NOW OFFERING4993 US 441 So Okeeechobee863-623-4679REC 90 FUEL at ALL 12 PUMPS!Lake OkeechobeeHwy 441 Hwy 78 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee News/ Matt TullioCity earns Main Street Merit AwardAt its Sept. 4 meeting, the Okeechobee City Council was presented with a Merit Award from Okeechobee Main Street. The award was delivered by Okeechobee Main Street President Angie Grif“n (left) and was awarded for the median beauti“cation project that took place on Park Street in the downtown business district of the city.Okeechobee News/ Matt TullioSeptember is Hunger Action MonthMayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. (right) proclaimed the month of September 2018 as Hunger Action MonthŽ and presented the certi“cate to the Treasure Coast Food Bank representative, Chief Strategy and Advocacy Of“cer Krista Garofalo, at the Sept. 4 Okeechobee City Council meeting.


Open letterDear Col. Kelly, sir: Welcome to your initial month serving as the commander of the SAJ Jacksonville District. As you should know, the U.S. Army Engineers began working in Lake Okeechobee in the mid-1880s, as is noted in the annual reports of the chief engineer. What is less known, the water level of Lake Okeechobee began being regulated in August 1924, in accordance with a permit issued by the chief engineer as is noted in the correspondence referenced below. I bring this to your attention so that the record of U.S. Army Engineers can accurately convey the history on Lake Okeechobee. This is important because the deadly hurricanes of 1926 and 1928 occurred while the U.S. Army Engineers were controlling the lake. Respectively yours, Bob MooneyLowering the LakeFROM: Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C. Refer to File No. 7432 (Okeechobee Lk.) 6 WAR DEPARTMENT: Of“ce of the Chief Engineer, Washington, Aug. 23, 1926. To: Mrs. Minnie Moore Wilson, Room 245, Grand Hotel, Broadway & 31st Street, New York City. Dear Madam: 1. The receipt is acknowledged of your letter of Aug. 14, 1926, requesting information as to whether the elevation of Lake Okeechobee, Florida, has been lowered by a permit beyond the point it was held in 1915. 2. In reply I would inform you that a revocable permit was granted by the Acting Secretary of War, Aug. 21, 1924, in which condition No. 13 read as follows: That while elevation 15 feet above mean low water at Punta Rasa, Gulf of Mexico, I authorized as a standard lake full elevation of the surface of the Lake, the said District Engineer may require the closing of any or all controlling works when the Lake level is still above 15, if, in his opinion, such action is necessary for the conservation of navigation interests; and the permittee shall not, without the speci“c prior approval of the said District Engineer, knowingly or intentionally permit the evaluation of Lake Okeechobee to fail below said elevation 15, provided (underlined), that upon application to said District Engineer, the letter may in his discretion authorize the permittee to lower the water surface in Lake Okeechobee to a stage below said 15, whenever, in the opinion of said District Engineer, such lowering may be necessary or advisable to provide additional reservoir capacity or to reduce injury to agricultural or other non-navigation interests in”uenced by the level of the water in Lake Okeechobee, and will not cause unreasonable interference with navigation. For the administration of this permit the gauge established and maintained by the United State Engineer Department at Moore Haven, Florida, shal l govern in the measurement of lake levels. For the Chief of Engineers: Very respectfully, R. Park, Major Corps of Engineer s September 9, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues. Letters to the Editor By AMAC Certi“ed Social Security Advisor Russell GloorAssociation of Mature American Citizens Ask Rusty … Working while collecting Social Security disability Dear Rusty: My husband started getting Social Security disability in 2016 at the age of 61; he is now 63. Did it automatically switch over to regular Social Security? Also, he is feeling bored and would like to have a little job. Is he allowed to work just so many hours per week, or does it go by how much you make per month? Is it just reported at tax time next year? Signed: Helpful Wife Dear Helpful: Your husbands SS disability (SSDI) will automatically switch to his retirement bene“ts when he reaches his full retirement age (66 years and 2 months if he was born in 1955). Regarding his working while still collecting SSDI bene“ts, Social Security encourages those on disability to attempt to return to the workforce, so your husband should consider enrolling in the Social Security Ticket to WorkŽ program, which will provide him the chance to test his ability to work for at least nine trial work monthsŽ during a 60-month time frame. During this trial work period hell receive his full SSDI bene“t regardless of how much he earns. Brie”y, any month he earns more than $850 (for 2018) counts as a trial work month (if he earns less than that it doesnt count as a trial work month). After he has reached nine trial work months, he can still receive his SSDI bene“ts for another 36 months, except that he wont receive bene“ts for any month that his earnings exceed what Social Security considers substantial gainful activity,Ž or SGA,Ž which for 2018 is $1180. If his bene“ts stop because his earnings regularly exceed SGA,Ž and within 5 years he is once again unable to work due to his disability, his disability bene“ts can be restarted (without having to re-apply). You can get full details about Working While on Disability and the Ticket to Work program by going to this link: pubs/EN-05-10095.pdf. The Ticket to Work program should allow your husband to work and test his physical limits without having a negative impact to his Social Security disability bene“ts. As for reporting his earnings, your husband must notify Social Security when he starts to work and must, as well, report his monthly earnings to Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. Once he has entered the Ticket to Work program, he should also report to Social Security if he stops working. And, of course, once his disability bene“ts convert to regular retirement bene“ts at his full retirement age, there is no restriction on how much he can earn. The information presented in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The opinions and interpretations expressed are the viewpoints of the AMAC Foundations Social Security Advisory staff, trained and accredited under the National Social Security Advisors program of the National Social Security Association, LLC (NSSA). NSSA, the AMAC Foundation, and the Foundations Social Security Advisors are not af“liated with or endorsed by the United States Government, the Social Security Administration, or any other state government. Furthermore, the AMAC Foundation and its staff do not provide legal or accounting services. The Foundation welcomes questions from readers regarding Social Security issues. To submit a request, contact the Foundation at, or visit the Foundations website at www. Social Security Matters by Mark Mayers, LMFTCAP of Real Life Childrens Ranch As we move toward celebrating Thanksgiving, we begin to re”ect more on being thankful. Like the early pilgrims, most of us will set aside some time to re”ect on the blessings that we have. Hopefully this is an overwhelming acknowledgment that God is the provider of all good things in our life, nation and world. Joseph demonstrates for us an example of Gods providing love when he says to his brothers in Genesis 20:21, So then, dont be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.Ž God wants us to be reassured that he will provide for our needs. God shows us His providing love in His creation, Luke 12: 27-31...27 Consider how the wild ”owers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the “eld, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the “re, how much more will he clothe you „ you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. As we approach the holiday season, ma y we prayerfully and permanently incorporate an attitude of thanksgiving into our hearts and our lives as we grow to understand Gods incredible love toward us. Ephesians 3:17-19...17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lords hol y people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge „ that you may be “lled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Re”ections from the Pulpit


Old blackmail scam returns with a new modern twistSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsRevenge pornŽ is the distribution, or threat of distribution, of explicit photos or videos of a victim in order to blackmail them. Sometimes the victim knows the perpetrator, and its personal. But often the scammer is a stranger and the goal of the blackmail can be phishing or smishing (to obtain money now), identity theft (to later impersonate the victim), or installation of malware on a computer (to steal passwords).This can happen via email, letter or text. If you are threatened with this, do not click on any unknown links or download any attachments. A new twist on this scam presents victims with threats of revealing they watched or downloaded porn. The scammer will contact people and claim they have hacked their computer and activated their webcam, then threaten to send that information to family, friends, co-workers, and more if a payment is not made. Protect yourself: Never send money; install security software; change passwords immediately; dont respond to threats; never send compromising images of yourself to anyone; and do not open attachments from people you do not know.September 9, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 Okeechobee Livestock MarketCattle Auction Monday & Tuesday Restaurant Open Monday Wednesday “Best Burgers in South Florida!” 863.763.3127 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report After a holiday-shortened week and dodging tropical storm Gordon, not much to report on this week. Only 970 head on Tuesday. Slaughter prices unchanged and feeder calf prices a little lower. Next week w ell be back into full swing and I suspect therell be a lot of cattle coming to town. Rain out west could help spark some new buying interest ... lets hope so! Bronson Family, Apopka, topped the Calf Market with a high of $2.40 bought by Oak Lake Cattle. Roberts Ranch, Immokalee, topped the Cow Market with a high of $.5350 bought by Florida Beef. For Sale: 74 pairs, crossbred, 6-10 years old, calves 250-350#, Angus & Charolais Sired $1150 45 Brahma cross heifers bred to Angus Bulls $1600 Call Matt or Jeff The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Mikel Chaden Wood, 38, Northwest Fourth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested A ug. 30 by Deputy Brian Cross on felony charges of escape, false imprisonment of child under age 13, interference with custody and resisting of“cer with violence. His bond was set at $20,000. € Taylor Michelle Simpson, 26, Harvey Road, Kenansville, was arrested Sept. 5 by Deputy Daniel Eng on a Brevard County felony warrant charging her with violation of probation possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $7,000. € Christopher Earl Masters, 35, Northeast 103rd Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 5 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with failure to appear dealing in stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear petit theft. He is being held without bond. € Expavious Ceon Mills Jr., 21, South Palmetto Avenue, South Daytona, was arrested Sept. 6 by Deputy Tyler Ott on a DOC felony warrant charging him with violation of probation grand theft (motor vehicle). He is being held without bond. € Christopher Paul Ponzo, 43, Southwest Third Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 6 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) without a valid prescription, tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor charge of driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver license. His bond was set at $10,500. € Thomas Wayne Gibson, 33, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 7 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on two DOC felony warrants charging him with two counts of violation of probation dealing in stolen property, one count of violation of probation giving false information to a secondary metals recycler and one count of violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker. He is being held without bond. € Arianne Michelle Abdelrazeq, U.S. 441 Southeast, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 7 by Deputy Joel Lacerte on an out o f county warrant charging her with violation of probation driving under the in”uence with property damage. Her bond was set at $1,000. 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 con“rmed and printed. A rrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT € 1500 block of Northwest 36th Street € 600 block of Northeast 14th Avenue € 42600 block of U.S. 441 North € 200 block of State Road 78 West € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 1100 block of Northeast 39th Boulevard € 1200 block of Northeast 11th Street BURGLARY € 1400 block of Southeast Sixth Street € 300 block of Northwest 34th Terrace € 3600 block of Southeast 33rd Terrace CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 400 block of South Parrott Avenue € 700 block of Northeast 15th Avenue FRAUD € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 2700 block of Northwest Fourth Street THEFT € 1600 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue € 2800 block of Northeast 103rd Avenue € 3400 block of U.S. 441 South € 3200 block of Southeast 23rd Street € 3200 block of U.S. 441 Southeast € 3200 block of U.S. 441 Southeast € 1600 block of U.S. 441 North OCSO InvestigationsLibrary photos soughtThe Okeechobee County Library is looking for photos of the old library,Ž the building currently housing the Okeechobee City Police Station. These photos will be used for the 20th anniversary celebration of the current building. Anyone with photos of the old library is asked to please bring them to the Okeechobee Library. Originals will not be kept; copies of the photos will be taken instead. Any questions, please call 863-763-3536 and ask for either Debra or Sonya.


6 Okeechobee News September 9, 2018Dorothy D Jane Bailey, 85OKEECHOBEE „ Dorothy DŽ Jane Bailey, surrounded by her family, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 5, 2018. Dorothy was born Oct. 15, 1932 to John Eli and Hattie Mae Pope in Hapeville, Ga. She married Leo Bailey, Jr. on May 1, 1949, and they were married 61 y ears until Leo passed on Oct. 16, 2011. Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, spouse, and grandson, Cutter Pearce. She is survived by her children, Vickie Teagle (Wayne), Sharon Ridpath (Greg), Gary Bailey, and Patricia Pearce (Mark Hunter); grandchildren, Austin Cole (Missy), Monique Cla y (Tommy), Caleb Pearce, Tasha Toy (Wes), Chase Pearce (Kattie), Kevin Bailey, Kelly Bailey, Dina, Shannon, Eden, and Erin; her loving partner, Chris Antonopolous, whom she loved dearly and enjoyed traveling the world and gaming with for the past six years; seven great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation was 11 a.m. until services at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. She was laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery following the funeral services. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence may sign the register book at, w All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. ObituaryObituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w A mvets host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E. Suite 6, on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. for “ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135.BHR VFW serves breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 9 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. A ll bene“ts go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Church will host bingoSacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., w ill host bingo on Monday, Sept. 10 Doors w ill open at 5 p.m. and the fun will begin at 7 p.m.Retired Educators to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators will meet on Monday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef OBradys. Anyone w ho has retired from working in any school system, in any capacity, is eligible to join us!Legion host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.Big Lake post honors respondersBig Lake Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., w ill host a “rst responders luncheon and awards on Tuesday, Sept. 11 the luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Awards start at noon. The public is welcome. Five-card bingo will be held at noon on Thursday, Sept. 13, with a pot luck dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of SR 78 W. next to Fast Break, w ill hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 4 until 7 p.m. for your $8 donation. The dinner is open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. Entertainment w ill be provided by Jay and Patty. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378 or Keith at 863634-2682. V FW serves spaghetti dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Auxiliary will serve a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. All proceeds to bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-4672882.Childrens Council to meetThe Childrens Services Council of Okeechobee will have its “rst public budget hearing for the year 2018-2019 on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:01 p.m., in the Okeechobee County School Board of“ce, Room 303 at 700 S.W. Second Ave.Cub Scouts meeting setCome join the fun and adventure of Cub Scouts Pack 964, for boys and girls grades kindergarten through “fth. A meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. For information call David at 863-634-5255 or Melissa at 863-697-6459.BHR VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.Shared Services to meetThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will conduct its bimonthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of“ce, 700 S.W. Second Ave. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Erin Moore 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Community cookout setCome out and join your local Okeechobee Walmart, Store #814, and the sheriffs of“ce fundraiser for Childrens Miracle Network for their community cook out with pulled pork, hamburgers and hot dogs on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2101 S. Parrott Ave.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will hold its “rst meeting after the summer break on Monday, Sept. 17 at noon in the museum, 1850 U.S. 98 N. Bring a covered dish to share, $10 for your yearly dues and get caught up on all the projects that have been occurring since our last meeting in June! We hope to have a good turnout to hear Dale Barrett speak on his experiences in uncovering the logs at the Raulerson Log Cabin.Democrats chapter to meetThe Okeechobee Chapter of the Democratic Party of Florida welcomes you to attend their monthly meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave.Sew-a-thon setA Case for SmilesŽ (formerly Conkerr Cancer) is having a charity pillowcase sew-a-thon on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This is in coordination with the annual MOPS (Miles of Pillowcase Smiles) held every September. (Did you know that it takes 2112 pillowcases to make one mile of smiles?) This year it will be held at the Church of Our Saviour Parish Hall, 200 N.W. Third St. Bring your sewing machine or serge and sew with other ladies of our community who want to help make a difference in the lives of children with cancer or other life-changing illnesses. Bring 100 percent cotton child-friendly fabric or sew up a precut kit. Bring a lunch and join in on the fun! Call Peggy at 863-763-4972 or Joan at 561385-8216 for further information.Healthy Start to meetOkeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, Sept. 19 at noon at The White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrot Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The Coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy pregnancies and healthy birth outcomes for Okeechobee County Residents. For information, contact Kay Begin at 863462-5877.Caregiver Conference setAn Okeechobee Fearless Family Caregiver Conference will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at the IRSC Williamson Conference Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch included. Learn to balance family, work and caregiving, plus much more. There are limited free tickets for caregivers. For information or to register, call 877-829-2734 or visit class offeredA free class on diabetes management will be offered Friday, Sept. 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Whether you have just been diagnosed, or have had diabetes for many years and are “nding it more dif“cult to manage, this class is for you. For more information, call Noreen Williams, CDE at 321-615-1901.National Public Lands Day setEnjoy the beautiful fall weather and have fun helping us protect your Historic Okeechobee Battle“eld! We will be hand-pulling or clipping invasive exotic weeds and picking up trash on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. You will be provided with gloves, garbage bags, water and snacks. All volunteers will receive a free Florida state park day pass! For information, call the park of“ce at 863-462-5360 or email Ashley.haymond@” Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic Notice of increased taxThe Childrens Services Council o f Okeechobee County has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 5:01 p.m. in the Okeechobee County School Board, 700 S.W. Second Ave., Room 303. A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing.Luncheon honors donorsOkeechobee Educational Foundation invites you to a luncheon honoring donors on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at noon at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 200 N.W. Second St. Please RSVP b y Wednesday, Sept. 19 to 863-462-5000 EXT 257 or email erin.moore@okee.k12.”.us. More Community Events can be found at in the Communit y section. c o k 2 0 1 8 0 9 0 9 0 6 c r o p p d f 1 0 8 S e p 1 8 0 6 : 0 4 : 1 0


September 9, 2018 Okeechobee News 7Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 1016 Linda Rd 863.763.2250 WEDNESDAYS3 Card Bingo 6pm Pork Chop Dinner $7505 to 7pm MONDAYS5 Card Bingo 6pm Spaghetti Dinner $7 5 to 7pm THURSDAYS5 Card Bingo 6pm Chefs Choice Dinner 5 to 7pm FRIDAYSLive Music 8pm to 12am A.U.C.E. Cat“ sh $10 Steaks & Shrimp Dinners 5 to 7pm SUNDAYSCornhole 2pm Full Breakfast $5 Omelets $6 8 to 11am TUESDAYS5 Card Bingo 2 to 4pm SATURDAYSMeat Bingo 4 to 7pm Open to Members and Quali“ ed Guests Stop by today and begin your journey into Moose MembershipAll proceeds go to Mooseheart & Moosehaven By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News A dozen code enforcement cases were on the agenda for consideration at the Aug. 21 Okeechobee County special magistrate hearing in the Health Department Auditori um, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., at 2 p.m. In two cases, the property owners cleaned up the properties and addressed any violations to bring the properties up to code before the hearing. Those cases were dismissed. € The 1694 N.W. Seventh St. property owned by Deborah Yvonne Saunders (formerly known as Deborah Parker) was found to be in compliance with county code. Because the property owner corrected the violations, the case was dismissed. € The 1523 S.W. 35th Circle property owned by Joylyn M. Unruh was cited for code violations. Because the property owner corrected the code violations prior to the hearing, the case was dismissed. Ten of the properties cited were found to still be in violation of county code. € The 31650 N.W. 23rd Way property owned by Teresa Hathaway was cited for overgrown weeds and grass and damaged mobile home skirting. The property owner was ordered to bring the property into compliance by Sept. 13. Failure to do so will result in a “ne of up to $250 per day. € The 10500 N.E. 12th Lane property owned by U.S. Bank National Association was cited for overgrown weeds and grass. The property owner was ordered to bring the property into code compliance by Sept. 13 or face a “ne of up to $250 per day. € The 1327 N.W. 35th Lane property owned by Venacio Aldana and Felicitas Lopes Calderon was cited for trash and debris, obstruction of right of way and construction without a building permit. The property owner was ordered to bring the property into code compliance by Sept. 13 or face a “ne of up to $250 per day. € The 3415 S.E. 36th Avenue property owned by Mobile Home Park Manager Inc. was cited for construction without a building permit. All applicable permits for the mobile home installation must be obtained or the unit must be removed. The property owner was ordered to bring the property into code compliance by Sept. 13 or face a “ne of up to $250 per day. € The 7650 State Road 78 W. property owned by Cloverport Mobile Home Park LLC was cited for seven mobile homes in disrepair and un“t for human occupancy. These mobile homes, which have been posted with condemnedŽ notices, must be removed from the property. The property owner was ordered to bring the property into code compliance by Sept. 13 or face a “ne of up to $250 per day. € The 14869 N.W. 304th St. property owned by Earl Hoover and Kristal Hoover was found to be in violation of county code. The property owners were ordered to complete the windows. The property owner was ordered to appear at the code enforcement hearing on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. for a status update. The property owner was ordered to bring the property into code compliance by Sept. 13 or face a “ne of up to $250 per day. € The 17608 N.W. 260th St. property owned by John Palacio and Ana Palacio of Port St. Lucie was cited for code violations. The property owners were ordered to bring the property into compliance by removing two unpermitted sheds and decking or obtaining the required permits to keep the structures. The property owner was ordered to bring the property into code compliance by Sept. 13 or face a “ne of up to $250 per day. € The 7610 SR 78 property owned by Penny Lane LLC was cited for code violations. The property owner was ordered to bring the property into compliance by removing three derelict mobile homes with applicable permits and fees. The case was tabled until Oct. 16. € The 984 102nd St. property owned b y Daniel Clements and Ana Hoskins was cited for code violations. The property owners were ordered to bring the property into compliance by removing or providing indoor storage of unlicensed vehicles, removal of scrap and debris and removal of outdoor storage. The property was also cited for unauthorized occupancy of an RV. The property owner was ordered to bring the propert y into code compliance by Sept. 13 or face a “ne of up to $250 per day. € The 2319 U.S. 98 N. property owned by Mauro Tovar of Boca Raton was cited for wrecked unlicensed vehicles and parts. The property owner was ordered to cease storage and salvage use on this property. The case was tabled until Oct. 16. Property owners cited for code violations By Chris FelkerOkeechobee News MOORE HAVEN „ Glades County commissioners Tuesday will consider the deal that their attorney took great care in structuring for their choice, Martin Murphy of New York state, to run the county government as their new manager. County Board Chairman John Ahern said W ednesday, Sept. 5, that hed been told Mr. Murphy has accepted the stringent terms the “ve commissioners had agreed by a 3-1 vote to offer him during their reconvened regular meeting on Thursday night, Aug. 30. I believe he has,Ž Mr. Ahern said. County A ttorney Richard Pringle laid out the commissions speci“cations in the document, which he emailed to Mr. Murphy earlier last week, he said. I have not seen the signed contract yet,Ž Mr. Ahern added. According to our attorney ... this morning he had got a contract back, but Richard had to add a little language to the new one saying that electronic signatures could be used on the contract because they were emailing back and forth. Mr. Murphy was on vacation someplace. As far as I know, I think we have a deal.Ž Commissioner Donna Storter Long con“rmed Thursday that shed also learned as much, from Deputy County Manager Bob Jones. Mr. Murphy is to relieve him when he starts as county manager, which Commissioners Ahern and Long said would be Monday, Sept. 17. Glades commissioners to take up deal with new manager W ebpage gives public greater access to the SFWMD GIS datasetsSpecial to the Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH „ The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week unveiled a new web page to prov ide the public with easy access to its geospatial/GIS datasets. The public can browse, search, “lter, preview and download the GIS datasets in a variety of formats. The South Florida Water Management District Open Data Portal website offers GIS datasets in many different categories from environmental to hydrography to land re sources to permits to regulatory datasets. These datasets are maintained by SFWMD and are used by water managers to make operational decisions for the agencys critical missions. Data available for public viewing include maps of watershed and basin boundaries, sites of district facilities, water utility service boundaries and maps of vegetation in the Kissimmee River ”oodplain dating back to 1952. This Governing Board wants the public to have as much access to the data that goes into water management decisions as possible, so they can understand and play a valuable role in the process,Ž said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez. This new geospatial website puts crucial data just a click away for the 8.1 million residents we serve.Ž The Open Data Portal Geospatial website is just the latest online platform created by SFWMD to further public access to information. The district has also launched the Strategic Projects Interactive Maps website which allows the public to get information on dozens of ongoing projects, the SFWMD TV YouTube channel for informational videos and the Managing High Water website to give the public access to information on steps being taken to address the current high water emergency situation. For more on this site online, visit https:// See also, SFWMD unveils new public geospatial data website Flags to be retired in ceremonySeawinds Funeral Home has launched its Stars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.Ž People in the community who are looking for proper ”ag disposal can bring their ”ags to Seawinds Funeral Home, located at 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, during normal business hours. Flags will be stored safely and disposed of in the proper, digni“ed manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code. Flag donors will have the opportunity to attend an of“cial Flag Retirement Ceremony to be conducted at a future date. The Flag Retirement Ceremony is a special, unique presentation conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. For information, call 863-357-7283.


8 Okeechobee News September 9, 2018 THANK YOU! Thank you for your VOTE of Con“dence in electing me, Melisa Jahner, as your representative for School Board District 3. I am looking forward to this New Endeavor and will be dedicated to continue MAKING THE CONNECTION.Paid for by Melisa Jahner for School Board A dventist Christian School celebrates birthday!Special to the Okeechobee News On Sunday, Aug. 12, many friends, former students and one current student gathered together to reminisce and celebrate another year of Christian education in Okeechobee at the Okeechobee Adventist Christian School. According to state records, this school opened in 1933 and is now turning 85 years old! However, according to our local church historian, Esther Hair, the school actually opened in 1928, so we are celebrating 90 years here in Okeechobee. Esther Hairs mother was one of the original students in the school. Present at the party was Dr. Edward Douglas, who started school when he was 5 years old, making him the oldest student there. Cake, food and refreshments were served to more than 30 attendees. Many stories were swapped and picture boards displayed history throughout the years. We are very proud to be part of Okeechobees history and look forward to serving Okeechobee families for many more years. The Okeechobee Adventist Christian School, located at 412 N.W. Sixth St., is a small, one-teacher, multigrade school. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of schools and is the only remaining oneroom school in the state of Florida. This is the second-largest religious-based school system in the world, operating 941 schools from pre-K through university. Last year there were 80,823 students enrolled in the North American Division of the church. If you would like information about them, call 863-763-0763 or 863-610-1291. Or, just come on by and say Hi!ŽSpecial to the Okeechobee New s The “rst school opened in 1928, according to church historian Esther Hair. Special to the Okeechobee NewsOn Aug. 12, former and current students gathered to celebrate at Okeechobee Adventist Christian School. FWC aims to remove Northern African pythons in South FloridaSpecial to the Okeechobee News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking for the publics help with continuing efforts to locate and remove nonnative Northern African pythons in South Florida. The Northern African python (also called an African rock or rock python) has been documented living in the Bird Drive Recharge Area, which covers approximately 6 square miles in western Miami-Dade County. Recently, the FWC received a report of a large Northern African python found and killed in a vacant lot on the corner of S.W. 144th Ave. and 26th St./Coral Way near Kendall West in early July,Ž said Sarah Funck, nonnative “sh and wildlife program coordinator for the FWC. We are asking residents and visitors in this area to report sightings of these large constrictors as soon as they see them. The more reports we receive, the more likely we will be successful in removing these nonnative snakes from the wild.Ž In Florida, the average size of a Northern African python is 10 feet in length, posing a threat to human safety and native wildlife. They can grow up to 20 feet in length in their native range.How to help:€ Immediately report any sightings of live Northern African pythons to the the FWCs Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888483-4681). Include a picture if possible. € Report past sightings, roadkill, shed skins and other remains of Northern African pythons to € If you own land in the identi“ed area where this species lives, allow wildlife managers to search for pythons on your property. € Deter pythons from your property by cutting back vegetation, clearing debris and securing small pets. The FWC listed the Northern and Southern African pythons as conditional species in 2010, with the result that an individual may no longer legally acquire these species in the state for personal pets. While Northern African pythons are very similar in appearance to Burmese pythons, the skin pattern on their backs is less de“ned. Additionally, the belly scales of a Northern African python are a pattern of black and white markings, while those of the Burmese python are white.Special to the Okeechobee NewsIn Florida, the average size of a Northern African python is 10 feet in length, posing a threat to human safety and native wildlife. They can grow up to 20 feet in length in their native range.


September 9, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 ChambersFence | 1132 NE 12th St. | 863.763.5269 2Ž 2Ž x 6.5 $2102Ž 3Ž x 6.5 $2883Ž 3Ž x 6.5 $3993Ž 4Ž x 6.5 $4984Ž 5Ž x 6.6 $6854Ž 5Ž x 8 $7766Ž 7Ž x 8 $15676Ž 7Ž x 10 $2300 Nearly half of Floridians do not have life insuranceSpecial to the Okeechobee News TAMPA „ Most people do not like to think about their mortality, but in order to have a more secure “nancial future for your family, having a plan in place for the inevitable is essential. According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse’ survey, nearly half (42 percent) of Floridians do not have a life insurance policy. Life insurance is a crucial part of “nancial and insurance planning,Ž said Michael Fletcher, assistant vice president of life insurance sales for AAA … The Auto Club Group. Many people either dont have a policy or not enough coverage, and all it would take is one accident or terminal illness to leave your family in “nancial peril.Ž Many people have preconceived notions about life insurance which may prevent them from obtaining important coverage. Some common misconceptions include: 1. Myth: Life insurance costs too much. Fact: Many people tend to overestimate the cost of a life insurance policy. Floridians cite cost as the number one reason they have not purchased a policy. In reality, a life insurance policy can be quite affordable. For instance, a 35-year-old woman in excellent health who has never used nicotine may get $100,000 of coverage for as little as $8 per month. Thats less than $1 a day. 2. Myth: You cant have multiple life insurance policies. Fact: You can have more than one life insurance policy. Someone with coverage through work, or a policy with a shorter term period, might decide to supplement it with additional coverage from another policy that can provide coverage for life. Employer coverage is often not portable. Half (50 percent) of Florida life insurance policyholders have coverage through their employer. The majority (76 percent) of those individuals with employer coverage do not have another life insurance policy and nearly half (48 percent) are concerned about losing their life insurance bene“ts if they lose their job. 3. Myth: I dont need life insurance; Im single. Fact: There are many scenarios that make life insurance a good idea for single people. You may have aging parents who depend on you for their care (or will in the future). You may want to leave funds for a family member, such as a niece or nephew, or even make a “nancial contribution to an alma mater or a favorite charity. And, some life insurance policies can have value other than a death bene“t. Universal Life insurance, for example, can grow cash value over time, and loans can be taken out for emergencies on the value of the policy at a “xed rate (just make sure to pay it back). 4. Myth: I cant get life insurance because Im over age 65. Fact: There are many types of policies, such as Whole Life insurance available to individuals over age 65, that can play an important role in the handling of “nal expenses, which might otherwise burden a surviving spouse or other family members. The sooner you take action to obtain a policy, you will receive more coverage choices and more attractive premiums. These are just a few of the common misconceptions some have about life insurance. The best thing you can do is talk with your life insurance agent about the right coverage for you,Ž said Matt Nasworthy, public affairs director for AAA The Auto Club Group. Of those Floridians who have a life insurance policy, nearly half (42 percent) have a policy valued between 1-3 times their annual salary. Selecting the amount of coverage you need will vary greatly from person to person. AAA Life Insurance Company offers planning tools such as the Life Insurance Needs Calculator, to help calculate items to consider when looking for a policy, such as “nal expenses, debt, and replacement income. For more information on AAA Life Insurance products, talk to a AAA Life Insurance Specialist at your local AAA branch or visit By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News On Sept. 4, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, who is seeking re-election in Floridas 18th Congressional District, announced the introduction of new legislation he calls the Stop Harmful Discharges Act.Ž If passed by Congress, the act could change the criteria used by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from Lake Okeechobee. The Army Corps is keeping an arti“cially high level of water on Lake Okeechobee, risking dike failure and putting special interests ahead of the health and human safety of the communities east and west of the lake,Ž Rep. Mast said. We will not tolerate mis management of Lake Okeechobee that results in toxic discharges destroying our community and putting peoples lives at risk.Ž Rep. Mast has called for changing the lake level schedule to keep the lake lower during the dry season. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently manages the lake according to the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), with lows of 12.5 to highs of 15.5 feet. Under LORS, the lake is managed for ”ood and storm risk management, naviga tion, water supply for salinity control in the estuaries, water supply for regional groundw ater, agricultural irrigation, municipalities and industry; “sh and wildlife; and recreation. LORS includes a seasonally adjusted schedule to help guide water management decisions. The three primary bands are as follows: € High Lake Management Band „ This band includes lake levels above 16 ft. in advance of the wet season, or levels above 17.25 ft. during the dry season. In this band, operations are focused on reducing the lake level, freeing up additional capacity for run off from future heavy rain events. Maximum water releases typically take place in this band. € Operations Band „ This band consists of “ve sub-bands that help guide water managers to appropriate decisions that balance the needs of all users, while maintaining a lake level in the corps preferred range of 12.5 to 15.5 ft. Toward the lower end of this range, the corps relies heavily on input from the South Florida Water Management District to assist with water allocations. € Water Shortage Management Band „ This band includes lake levels below 10.5 ft, in advance of the wet season, or levels below 13 ft., at the start of dry season. In this band, the corps generally defers decisions on all water releases to the South Florida Water Management District. Lauren Baer, the Democratic candidate for U.S. House in Floridas 18th District, released the following statement in response: The year that Brian Mast was elected, toxic algae covered 200 square miles of Lake Okeechobee. Today it covers over 650. Mast made countless campaign promises about what hed do to protect our water, then spent over 19 months in of“ce without drafting any meaningful legislation to follow through. Now Mast is campaigning once again „ and just 62 days before the election, hes scrambling to take action. This crisis wont be solved with politically motivated half-measures. We must immediately put hard limits on pollutants entering our water. We must hold big sugar accountable. We must work to authorize and fund the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and restore the ”ow of water south to the Everglades. We must stop the discharges and repair the dike. And we must treat this crisis, from day one, with the urgency it deserves. Any representative that doesnt, doesnt deserve to be our representative.Ž Brian Mast introduces legislation to lower lake Quit Your Way classes will be held at Raluerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. Classes will be held in the North dining room on Aug. 22, Sept. 5, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. Classes will also be held in the In-service classroom on Aug. 29 and Sept. 26. Classes are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information call 1-877-819-2357. Raulerson Hospital offers Quit Your Way classes


ly wouldnt if the club didnt exist. Some of these kids have never played sports before,Ž explained Mrs. Wojcieszak. Or they havent had the opportunity to play sports before. And this is their sport. The high school has supported the club 150 percent. Theyve been amazing. We just w ant the community to know that were out there, and that these kids are representing the community of Okeechobee all across the state, and theyre doing a great job.Ž Mrs. Wojcieszaks husband, Stephen Wojcieszak, captained the boat for the two teens who were awarded anglers of the year at the bass club banquet in 2018, Keith Morgan and Cody Wojcieszak. Seniors Jorden Reyna, Keith Morgan and Justin Drawdy also received scholarship checks from Florida B.A.S S. Nation at the OHS Bass Club awards banquet. Mrs. Wojcieszak also stated that the club wouldnt be possible without the support of Garrards Tackle Shop, Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters, Fast Break, Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephens and the OHS Administration and Athletics departments. Theyve all gone out of their way to support and help our teams with anything we need,Ž said Mrs. Wojcieszak. They, along with our captains, play a vital role in the success of our club.Ž If youd like to reach out to help support the OHS Bass Club or are in high school and interested in joining or forming your own team youre encouraged to reach out to Kimberly at for more information. BASSContinued From Page 1 10 Okeechobee News September 9, 2018 Thank You Okee obee!Your candidate with the right tools!PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY WILLIAM BILLŽ WALLACE FOR COUNTY COURT JUDGE the websites, and allow others to share website information through their own use of social media.As the Florida population grows, it is more important than ever for those who live and work around the big lake to stay informed, to work together to protect Lake Okeechobee as a precious natural resource, and to protect our way of life. While the future of Lake Okeechobee is important to all of South Florida, the communities around the lake have a special and personal interest in protecting the Big O. The lake is essential to “shing, tourism and agriculture, the mainstays of the local economy. For some, it prov ides the water we drink. For others, it is the source of water to irrigate crops. The lake is home to native “sh and wildlife and prov ides critical habitat for endangered species. Each of the communities around the lake has its own local traditions and history. W hile there are some good-natured rivalries (particularly among the high school sports teams), the small towns around the lake have much in common. We share a rural lifestyle and a pioneer spirit. Starting Sept. 12, the communities around Lake Okeechobee will also share a newspaper. The Lake Okeechobee News will combine the circulation of the Okeechobee News Wednesday edition, The Sun (which serves South Bay, Belle Glade and Pahokee), The Clewiston News and the Glades County Democrat. This larger around-the-lake publication will focus on issues important to all the Big Lake communities, while still including the local news important to each community. The newspapers will continue to be newspapers of record for Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Hendry and Glades counties, meeting the Florida Statute requirements for the publication of legal advertising. In addition to the print publication, we will maintain online web pages for Okeechobee, Clewiston, Glades County and the Glades, along with our social media pages, so that we can continue to provide news updates throughout the week. Longtime Okeechobee News readers know this is not the “rst time the newspaper name has changed. The original name of the newspaper, when it was established in 1915, was The Okeechobee Call. Its also not the “rst time other newspapers were merged into the publication. NEWSContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOHS Bass Club seniors after receiving their scholarship checks from Florida B.A.S.S. Nation, fFrom left to right: Glenn Cale, Jorden Reyna, Keith Morgan, Justin Drawdy and David Driggers. Were not going to store it, were not going to administer it; all we would do under this policy is provide the location so that primary caregiver could come and administer it to that quali“ed patient if it is required to do so during school hours,Ž said Mr. Kenworthy. School board member Dixie Ball asked whether Mr. Kenworthy was aware of an y student currently enrolled in the school district who would qualify under the new policy, and the superintendent responded that as of this time no student has approached any school of“cials with a prescription. Also at its meeting, the school board voted to approve the Okeechobee County Sheriffs guardian program agreement. This agreement for the guardian program needs to be put in place in order to draw down funds and adequately assign roles between the school boards and the sheriffs of“ce,Ž said Mr. Kenworthy. We appreciate the sheriff for putting this together and allowing the guardian program to operate in our district.Ž Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen was present at the school board meeting and reported that the sheriffs of“ce has already received just under 10 applications from school staff in Okeechobee for the guardian program and that they have reviewed those applications and are moving into the interview process now. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1


September 9, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 IRSC planetarium launches A Year Full of StarsSpecial to the Okeechobee News FORT PIERCE „ The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College (IRSC) is ready to launch A Year Full of StarsŽ with a season of planetarium shows in the Star light Series,Ž continue the popular KIDS SPACEŽ series and introduce a unique new series of talks addressing Science, Technolo gy, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) and the humanities. The community is invited to learn more about all the upcoming shows and events offered by the Hallstrom Planetarium at the inaugural Saturday afternoon STEAM Talk, A Year Full of StarsŽ taking place on Sat urday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Hallstrom Planetarium in the Brinkley Science Center on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. IRSC Planetarium Director Jon Bell will pre v iew some of the awesome, upcoming sky events and the new season of planetarium shows. Telescope viewing provided by the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will be available to guests following the talk „ w eather permitting. The upcoming eight-show 2018-19 Starlight SeriesŽ is sure to delight both experienced and novice stargazers with shows such as Saturn: Jewel of the HeavensŽ (Oct. 19, 20, 26 & 27 and Nov. 9 & 10), Star of WonderŽ (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 & 8) „ a Hallstrom holiday tradition since 1993 „ Eclipse!Ž (Jan. 11, 12, 18 & 19) and more. The new Saturday afternoon STEAM TalksŽ introduce a broad range of topics from the moon and stars „ and even the connections between mythology and some of todays most celebrated superheroes.Ž Free and open to the public, these 45-min ute presentations will take place at 4 p.m. at the planetarium on select Saturdays. Discussing the new series of STEAM talks, Hallstrom Planetarium Director Jon Bell shares, The talks will be a way to fa cilitate discussions of the mythical roots of some of todays superhero stories, the actu al facts behind the development of arti“cial intelligence, some of our earliest attempts to provide painless surgery to those in need, and discuss the actual possibility of building a colony on the moon and people traveling outward toward the stars.Ž Talking about the Sept. 15 A Year Full of StarsŽ STEAM talk, Bell adds, We will share some great conversations about science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, learn about some stars and constellations and view the heavens from the comfort of an armchair.Ž Starting Oct. 20 and continuing through the season, the planetariums popular KID SPACEŽ public sky shows, held on select Saturdays at 11 a.m., will introduce young astronomers to the skies. Children can take a scienti“c voyage of discovery where they learn about stars and constellations, Earth, the moon and other planets, and how outer space is being explored. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child ages 4 to 12. Starlight SeriesŽ planetarium shows, Saturday Afternoon STEAM TalksŽ and KID SPACEŽ are presented in the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium. The planetarium features a 360-degree immersive digital OmniStar projection system and a state-of-the-art Spitz automated planetarium projector used to re-create the sky, sun, moon and planets among the stars on the 40-foot, domed ceiling during planetarium shows. Visit www. for a complete schedule. Most planetarium shows are just $5, and tickets can be purchased online at www. or at the box of“ce located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box Of“ce at 800-220-9915 to reserve seats. Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and children over the age of 10. The air temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. Guests may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket. Special to the Okeechobee NewsIRSC Planetarium Director Jon Bell will launch the 2018-19 planetarium season of shows and events at the inaugural Sat urday Afternoon STEAM Talk, A Year Full of Stars,Ž Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Hallstrom Planetarium in the Brinkley Science Center located on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.


12 Okeechobee News September 9, 2018 Business Opportunities Business Opportunities Need EXTRA MONEY?MOTOR ROUTE AVAILABLE107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Enviromental Specialist I Performs inspections for septic construction & soil analysis & issues permits. Responsible Submit application to: https://jobs. FREE TRAFFIC I I N N F F O O A toll-free service of the Florida Department of Transportation. Standard mobile phone minute, text message and data charges may apply. DOOR-TO-DOOR DIRECTIONS € TRAVEL TIMES PERSONALIZED ALERTS € TRAFFIC CAMERA VIEWS Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Shop from a gift catalog thats updated regulaly: the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind Eli’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 Employment Full Time Class B CDL Tankwagon Driver w/”X” Endorsement – Okeechobee Region Palmdale Oil Company is one of the largest family owned petroleum wholesale company in the State of Florida. We sell diesel, gasoline, marine fuels and oils/lubricant. We are currently recruiting for a Driver in the Okeechobee Region. The position consists of making deliveries of fuel, diesel & lubricants. Must have knowledge of 4,000 gal tankwagon and box truck deliveries along with all current DOT Requirements to include, “X” Endorsement, medical card and clean MRV. We offer our employees training, competitive pay, comprehensive healthcare package, holiday/ vacation pay and good home time. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career, call Jim 863.763.3617. Employment Full Time NOW HIRING MANAGER’S BURGER KING 604 N.E. Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Full-Time position w/ benefits Must be able to: Work any day/time Pass Background Check Work in a fastpace environment Have great people skills Send resume to: M. McGartland@ Employment Medical Medical Assistant Full Time – Must have 1 year exp in the medical field and proof of satisfactory completion of an approved Medical Assistant or CN A Program. Must be able to maintain confidential information, Strong Customer relations skills & Cultural Sensitivity. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Fax resume to (561) 472-9692 or apply at Florida Community Health Center, 1100 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL. EOE/ DFWP. e-mail jobs@ XRay Tech & Medical Assistant/ CNA Please fax resume to 863-467-6833 or complete application at 111 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Employment Part Time Help Wanted: PT Weekend Stable position. Must have previous experience, and pass background check. Please call 863-763-9401 Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you chec k with the Better Business Bureau at 772878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader o f these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. AppliancesFOR SALE GE WASHER AND GE PROPANE DRYER 2 YEARS OLD $500.00 OR BEST OFFER. CALL 256-2982132


September 9, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 ACROSS 1 See 44-Across 5 Bremen or Hamburg, locally 10 Fast-food order 14 Joie de vivre 15 Circus Maximus attire 16 Pizza chain started in Chicago, informally 17 Rich and Chris in a capital? 19 Pond denizen 20 Stumped 21 Fragrant hybrid 23 Billy and Minnie on a road? 27 Pub order 30 Cause harm 31 Capt.s direction 32 Family member 33 __ Mir Bist Du SchoenŽ: Andrews Sisters hit 34 Come out 37 i follower 38 Vida and John in a ballpark? 40 i follower 41 Nicks on albums 43 1980s-90s gaming console 44 With 1-Across, woodcutter who stole from thieves 45 River island 46 I gotta run!Ž 48 Animal in the Chinese zodiac 49 Karen and Adam on a hill? 53 Eellike fish 54 Brand with classic beep beepŽ commercials 58 Forte 59 Eddie and Arsenio in a concert venue? 63 Scams 64 __ firma 65 Exam type 66 Some honored Brits: Abbr. 67 Aerosol targets 68 Europes highest volcano DOWN 1 Composer Bartk 2 Settled down 3 Cricket equipment 4 Starting stakes 5 Jeanne dArc, e.g.: Abbr. 6 Craggy crest 7 Earlier 8 Three-syllable foot 9 Expressed disdain for 10 Often photogenic event 11 A round of 73, usually 12 Use a divining rod 13 Fall flower 18 Acclaim 22 You __ DestinyŽ 24 To the manor born 25 Dijon deity 26 Property recipient, in law 27 Nile threats 28 Hot stuff? 29 Affection 34 Campus breeze 35 It might be a big benefit 36 Cut and paste, say 38 Muzzle wearer, probably 39 Derisive shout 42 One way to get backstage 46 Worked in a salon 47 Art majors subj. 49 Rattling sound 50 Golden calf maker, in Exodus 51 Peachy-keen!Ž 52 Second-deepest U.S. lake 55 Trading center 56 Feud faction 57 Clay crock 60 Good bud 61 Guess wrong 62 Dorm deputies: Abbr. 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WHO WAS BORN IN PINELLAS COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 27TH DAY OF MARCH 2007. YOU ARE COMMANDED T O BE AND APPEAR BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON OCTOBER 22, 2018 AT 1:15 P.M. FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND A T THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE T O PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE A DVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF Y OU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE A LL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO T HE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION A TTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNE Y REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATT ORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF, THIS 29th DAY OF AUGUST, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK KIM SARROS, DEPUTY CLERK 284897 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO.: 472016DP000112 IN THE INTEREST OF: K. R. DOB: 3/7/2005 K .R. DOB 3/27/2007 Minor Children TO: Mark Rix Father, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, K.R. WHO WAS BORN IN HIGHLANDS COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 7TH DAY OF MARCH 2005 AND K.R. WHO WAS BORN IN PINELLAS COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 27TH DAY OF MARCH 2007. YOU ARE COMMANDED T O BE AND APPEAR BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON OCTOBER 22, 2018 AT 1:15 P.M. FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND A T THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE T O PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE A DVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF Y OU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE A LL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO T HE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION A TTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNE Y REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATT ORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF, THIS 29th DAY OF AUGUST, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK KIM SARROS, DEPUTY CLERK 284896 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2018 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICEA public auction will be held at TOTAL ROADSIDE SERVICES, located at 3176 Hwy 710 E, Okeechobee 34974 at 9:00 a.m. On the date listed below Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. 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14 Okeechobee News September 9, 2018 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | | 3001-H: TREASURE ISLAND LAKE ACCESS Split plan 4 bd, 2 ba. 2,840 Total SF/1,564 under air, living room and family room, screened porch, carport, concrete seawall, large driveway, 2 septic tanks and city water. $179,000 MLS # 212993 5048-H: BASSWOOD Split plan 3BD/2BA, 1,492 Total SF/1,392 under air, spacious kitchen with lots of with shower/tub, utility room, concrete driveway and more to offer. $139,000 MLS # 213001 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING DOWNTOWN GREAT LOCATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS! 3858 SQ FT of o ce front w/bathroom. Building also has 1 Bed 1 Bath attached upstairs apt with 1 car Garage. Plenty of storage! Owner will build to suit and/or ooring allowance. Owner also willing to lease store & Apt. Call for details. MLS #212828 $325,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION! 2018 Palm Village Ranch. 2 Bd 2 Ba, Carport. Master bdrm has walk in shower. Granite countertops in bathroom too! Hurricane rated double pane windows. Attic storage. Great 55+ community for 55+. Home Build by Penrod ConstructionTHE most recognized builder in Okeechobee County for quality work. MLS #212832 $215,000 Call Jody Carter 863-634-1285 Of“ ce (863) 763-5253 € Julia Parker863.801.3489 royaljewelrealestate@gmail.com210 SW 2nd Ave, Okeechobee FL 34974WIDE OPEN SPACES! BEAUTIFUL RANCH STYLE 5BED/3BATH CBS HOME, 4,456 TLA, built in 1974, renovated in 2004. Formal dining, family rm, living rm, eat-in bar, of“ce, gym, outdoor kitchen/entertaining patio, 20KW Generac generator, A/C units & insta-hot water heater new in 2016, colonial windows new in 2005, above ground pool w/ sun deck, metal barn w/ loft, tack room, workshop, 2 stalls, cattle loading chute, fully fenced & cross fenced! Too many amenities to list, a MUST SEE home! $355,000 Call Julia Parker at 863-801-3489 Ranch Style home on 5.66 Acres Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863) ~Our Priorities are simple..They’re Yours! Beauty. 4 Bd/ 2.5 Ba/ 2 Gar, CBS TWO Story overlooking Taylor Creek. Perfect home for entertaining. Living room, family room and MLS# 213009 $297,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 MLS#212798 $269,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 OAK LAKE ESTATES~ POOL HOME BLUE HERON~ WATERFRONT WORK, PLAY, LIVE & EARN, A FISHERMANS PARADISEOwn this MH/RV Park in the heart of Moore Haven, FL steps from the Intracoastal, Lake “O” and US Hwy 27. The Park has 25 MH/RV lots each with a concrete pad, 30-amp service, city water & 6 Mobile Homes, 5 ready and 1 handyman’s special. This opportunity can be yours for $250,000. 863-675-4500or visit our website at Se Habla Espaol180 N. Bridge St. € LaBelle, FL 33935Sherri Denning Licensed Real Estate Broker.Call: K.C. Stanley-Lynn 239-634-6525 3/2 Fully furnished with everything including dishes & linens. Large island kitchen with breakfast area. Home has carpet & tile. Split bedrooms and large master bath with walk-in closet. Inside laundry room. Screened porch. This one is a must see MLS# 212665$95,000 Call Melody 863-697-1975SEMINOLE COVE 2/2 Fully furnished on water with seawall. Two car carport with easy access to front door. Laminate and mornings from rear porch overlooking water. Inside laundry, split bedrooms and move in ready MLS #212861 $107,000. Call Melody 863-697-1975 Melody Hodges Reduced! Reduced! Are you a local realtor looking to maximize your reach to potential clients? Feature your best properties in this weekly real estate directory. Contact 863.763.3134 to discuss advertising today! R E D Location Matters!Let us help you showcase your best listings. Call or email a member of our dedicated sales staff today!


September 9, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker 4 BD, 2 BA RUSTIC RANCH STYLE HOME situated on 5 acres. Partially remodeled work in progress. SS appliances, Wood burning “ replace. 10 stall horse barn; tack room has its own well and pump. 3 Paddocks. Custom touches galore!! Come take a look. MLS 212300 $341,500 Vicki Anderson, Lic. RE Broker863.634.4106 PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT „ $850 per month „ 840 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY 7 $299,000 Find your dream home!In addition to this weekly real estate directory, you can search online for your new home in the Lake Okeechobee Real Estate magazineLakeOkeechobee


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