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September 23, 2018 Okeechobee News 1 Our Focus is to Make You ComfortableŽ 467-1545LIC NO. CAC029420 14.73 feetLast Year: 15.80 feet Lake Levels See Page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Vol. 109 No. 114 Sunday, September 23, 2018 75¢ plus tax 10Meet Okeechobee “rst respdonders 3FDOT to discuss roundabout plans Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsSeveral Okeechobee area residents posted photos on social media on Thursday after observing a waterspout or funnel cloud in the area. John Howell took this photo on State Road 70 West. For the story, see Page 5. No damages were reported in relation to this weather phenomenon. Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsJudy Jones took this photo from Southwest 13th Street. Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsTeresa Smith took this photo of dramatic weather over the shopping center that houses Publix. Stormy weather... By Cathy WombleLake Okeechobee News Convicted murderer Michael Lawrence Woodbury, 42, is headed for Death Row. Woodbury appeared in court on Friday, Sept. 21, before Judge Sherwood Bauer to participate in a Spencer hearing. The term Spencer hearingŽ originated with the 1993 case of Spencer vs. Florida. The hearing allows the defense the opportunity to present evidence of extenuating or mitigating circumstances and to ask for leniency in the sentence that was already handed down. Woodbury is facing the death penalty for the 2017 murder of his cellmate, Antoneeze Haynes. At the time of that murder, Woodbury had been incarcerated for three previous murders, which he had committed in 2007 in New Hampshire. He had pleaded guilty to those crimes and received life sentences, which he ultimately ended up serving in Florida due to the Interstate Compact, a type of prisoner exchange program. On the morning of Sept. 22, 2017, Woodbury reportedly beat Haynes to death with a combination lock tied to a sock. Woodbury had somehow rendered the cell door inoperable and kept of“cers from entering. He also claimed to have a knife and threatened W oodbury death sentence upheldSee DEATH „ Page 5 Michael Woodbury


Today: Thunderstorms. High around 90F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low near 70F. Winds light.Extended ForecastMonday: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High near 90F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Monday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 71F. Winds light and variable.2 Lake Okeechobee News September 23, 2018 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 NOTICE OF PROPOSED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION TEXT AMENDMENTSPUBLIC NOTICE: the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, FL, will on Tues, October 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL, conduct a Public Hearing to consider the Final Reading for adoption of the proposed Ordinance amending the Land Development Regulations as follows: No. 1170: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AMENDING PART II OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, SUBPART B-LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 86-SUBDIVISIONS, ARTICLE I-IN GENERAL, SECTION 86-4 DEFINITIONS, ADDING DEFINITIONS FOR LOT SPLIT/DE MINIMIS SUBDIVISION AND JOINDER OF A LOT; AMENDING ARTICLE II-PLANS AND PLATS, ADDING A NEW DIVISION 3 ENTITLED, SIMPLE LOT SPLIT/ DE MINIMIS SUBDIVISIONS, AND A NEW SECTION 86-90 ENTITLED, PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION AND APPROVAL OF A SIMPLE LOT SPLIT/DE MINIMIS SUBDIVISION; ADDING A NEW DIVISION 4 ENTITLED, JOINDER OF LOTS, AND A NEW SECTION 86-91 ENTITLED, PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION AND APPROVAL OF A JOINDER OF LOTS; PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 90-ZONING, ARTICLE III-DISTRICT AND DISTRICT REGULATIONS, DIVISION 6-COMMERCIAL PROFESSIONAL AND OFFICE DISTRICT, SECTION 90-223 SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES, ADDING A PROVISION TO ALLOW ONE DWELLING UNIT PER COMMERCIAL BUILDING WITH CONDITIONS; AMENDING DIVISION 7-LIGHT COMMERCIAL DISTRICT, SECTION 90-253 SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES, TO INCLUDE BAR TO ITEM (3) PRIVATE AND NIGHT CLUB, AND ADDING A CONDITION TO ITEM (15) ONE DWELLING UNIT PER COMMERCIAL BUILDING; AMENDING DIVISION 8-HEAVY COMMERCIAL DISTRICT, SECTION 90-282 PERMITTED USES, TO INCLUDE BAR TO ITEM (8) PRIVATE AND NIGHT CLUB, AND SECTION 90-283 SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES, ADDING A CONDITION TO ITEM (17) ONE DWELLING UNIT PER COMMERCIAL BUILDING; AMENDING DIVISION 9-CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, SECTION 90-313 SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES, ADDING A CONDITION TO ITEM (10) ONE DWELLING UNIT PER COMMERCIAL BUILDING; AMENDING ARTICLE IV-SUPPLEMENTARY DISTRICT REGULATIONS, DIVISION 1-GENERALLY, SECTION 90-447 YARDS ON CORNER LOTS, BY IDENTIFYING THAT THE YARD UPON WHICH THE PROPERTY IS ADDRESSED IS AS THE PRIMARY FRONT YARD; AMENDING DIVISION 3-OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING, SECTION 90-512 SPACE REGULATIONS, REQUIRING ONE PARKING SPACE PER 75-SQUARE FEET OF FLOOR AREA; AMENDING DIVISION 7-ACCESSORY USES AND STRUCTURES, SECTION 90-632 APPLICABLE REGULATIONS FOR ALL, ADDING A NEW SUBSECTION (E) REQUIRING THAT STRUCTURES OR CONTAINERS USED FOR STORAGE BE TREATED AS AN ACCESSORY STRUCTURE; AMENDING DIVISION 9-SPECIAL EXCEPTION AND SUPPLEMENTAL USE REGULATIONS, ADDING A NEW SECTION 90-705 ENTITLED, TEMPORARY PORTABLE STORAGE CONTAINERS, AND SETTING FORTH THE RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS UPON THEIR PLACEMENT IN SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The proposed Amendment may be viewed on the website,, or at the Of“ce of the City Clerk, during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM4:30 PM, at the address above. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de“ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerks Of“ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video, or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the Citys records. Published by: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ EESEES Students of the WeekAbove: Everglades Elementary School (EES) Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 10, shown with Principal Tracy Downing, include: kindergarten Nikki Medrano, Wilasia Hendrieth, Damyan Cardoso, Isabella Hodges, Kendra Clarke, Shanice Sullivan; “rst-graders Alice Wright, Brayden Adams, Aubrey Ciampa, Mary-Elizabeth Broadrick, Piper Faughnan; second-graders Martina Callejas, Wyatt Hayes, Miranda Garcia, Sophia Rodriguez, Addison Moore; third-graders Paige Faughnan, Lizet Orozco, Dominic Rosa, April Medrano; fourth-graders Alfredo Medrano, Natalia Jaimes, Montana Farmer, Mareli Gonzalez-Garcia, Karma Gansert; “fth-graders Fred Hill Jr., Matty Whit“eld, Emoni Taylor, Filomena AprilŽ Flores, Jill Baumhardt. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Right: Students of the Week third-grader Noah Harper and “fth-grader Arely Flores are pictured with Principal Tracy Downing. Family fun nights setThe Okeechobee Childrens Mental Health System of Care presents family nights at Indian River State College. Bring the kids and join them at the Williamson Center for fun, education, dinner and more. The events will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The dates are as follows: Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27; and Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 23 in 2019. For information call 863-462-5152, extension 135.


Public meeting scheduled for Oct. 16Special to the Lake Okeechobee News The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, w ill conduct a public hearing about the proposed design for the roundabout project improvements for U.S. 441 S.E. at SE 18th Terrace in Okeechobee County on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The public hearing open houseŽ is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pier II Resort, 2200 U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee. The formal public hearing will start at 6 p.m. FDOT will hold this meeting to give interested people the opportunity to review displays and talk one-on-one with staff. The primary purpose of this project is to improve traf“c ”ow and safety. FDOT conducted a signal warrant analysis at the intersection to determine whether a signal is needed to reduce delay. Subsequently, an evaluation was performed to determine if a roundabout w ould reduce delay and increase safety. Based on the evaluations conducted for the intersection, FDOT elected to design a roundabout for this intersection. Roundabouts provide many operational bene“ts when compared to traditional intersections. These bene“ts include less delay, less expense to maintain, suf“cient capacity to accommodate ”uctuating traf“c counts, longer life span and fewer, less severe crashes. FDOT mailed information on the project to all property owners located within 300 feet on either side of the project area. A dditionally, neighborhoods east of SE 18th Terrace were noti“ed as well. The department encourages all interested people to attend and express their opinions regarding the project. According to FDOT, a roundabout has the potential to provide safety bene“ts including a reduction in all crashes by 71 percent and a reduction in severe (injury and fatal crashes) by 87 percent. Over a 10year period, a roundabout has the potential to reduce a total of 10 crashes, with four of those being fatal or injury. A signal has the potential to reduce all crashes by 50 percent and injury/fatal crashes by 40 percent. This results in the potential to reduce a total of seven crashes, with three of those being fatal or injury over a 10-year period, the FDOT study found.September 23, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News 3 PUBLIC NOTICEOkeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of our drinking water. The water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after October 1st, 2018. These conditions will last through October 15th, 2018. These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical “sh or aquatic animals, you should contact your local tropical “sh store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it to your aquarium. The hydrant ”ushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours. We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for the customers of Okeechobee Utility Authority. If additional information is needed, contact Kevin Rogers at 763-3239. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.Buckhead 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 FDOT plans roundabout for dangerous intersection


4 Lake Okeechobee News September 23, 2018 To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL 34974 Website: Phone: (863) 763-3134To Submit NewsThe Lake Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinion, calendar items, story ideas, and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 7633134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed or emailed. Email: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place a Display AdPhone: (863) 763-3134 Email: okeeadsales@newszap.comCall: (877) 353-2424 to place a classi“ed advertisement from home Fax: (877) 354-2424 Email: classads@newszap.comBilling DepartmentEmail: Lake Okeechobee News ( USPS # 406160) is published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newsmedia, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL 34974 Periodicals Postage paid at Okeechobee, FL 34974 and additional mailing of“ces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Okeechobee News Circulation Administration 110 Galaxy Road € Dover, DE 19901 Additional copies may be purchased for 50¢ for Wednesday and Friday, and 75¢ for Sunday.StaffPublisher/Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Cynthia Eckert Advertising Manager: Jaime LimogesOur Purpose...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 paid, the company is able to thrive on pro“t margins below industry standards. All after-tax 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.We Pledge...€ To operate the newspaper as a public trust € To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism € To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues € To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness, and compassion € To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions € To disclose our own con”icts of interest or potential con”icts to our readers € To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. € To provide a right to reply to those we write about. € To treat people with courtesy, respect, and compassion MEMBER OF:Storms of our lifeRev. Don HannaFirst UMC, Okeechobee There are Storms and storms in life! We are at the one-year anniversary of Irma and less than a week from our brush with what became Gordon. These are named Storms, and there are more brewing as I write. All Floridians should keep an eye out this time of year, and I am so thankful that we can have w arnings far enough out that it lets us plan and prepare. The only downside that I think of this is that we can let anxiety become a major part of our lives when in fact most of the Storms will never touch us or our commu nity. Awareness and preparation are very important, but anxiety can keep us from living the lives God wants for us. This is true not just for the named Storms but for all the storms of life: illness, job loss, crime and even politics. Anxiety is a state in which, I believe, God never wants us to stay. My Mom was an Olympic-class worrier, and there was never a shortage of things to worry about with a son growing up. Most of the time, worry didnt hurt Mom, but I cant help but feel that she missed a lot of joy if she had been able to focus on the positive things in life and in the things she could control. Most news is of things that are bad. Accidents, shootings and such make headlines, but they are a tiny slice of life. There are no articles about how 6,000 students in Okeechobee County went to school last week without any police calls. It is not news if we all went to work and came home safely, but that is the norm almost every day, almost everywhere. I am not criticizing the newspaper or television because if that is all they reported, I wouldnt read or watch it myself. I guess what I would like to remind everyone is that bad news should be kept in perspective. There are 40,000 people in the county, and yet 99 percent of us dont make the news on any given day. We have worries, but 99 percent of things we worry about never happen. We should all be ready for both kinds of storms but ask ourselves, what can I do to be ready? Once ready, get back to living and enjoy the sunrise or sunset, family and friends. There is far more that is good in the world than we will ever read about, so get out there and experience it. And as you experience life, be sure and be thankful for this day! Heavy nutrient load into lake fueled algae bloomBy Karl HavensDirector, Florida Sea Grant NOAA satellite images from Sept. 9 indicate that blue-green algae continues to bloom in the water or on the surface of a large part of Lake Okeechobee. As more information has become available, we have a clearer picture of why 2018 has been such an extreme bloom year in Floridas largest lake. In the past, the amount of algae-fueling phosphorus load ed into the lake hovered around 500 metric tons. This year, that number exceeds 1,040 metric tons, the second-highest phosphorus load into the lake in 45 years, according to data recently released by the South Florida Water Management District. A higher-than-average amount of nitrogen has also made its way into the lake. Most of the nutrient-laden water ”owed into the lake during a sixto eight-week period after Hurricane Irma last fall, and after heavy rains early this spring. The w ater has brought with it nutrients left in the soils, wetlands and bottoms of creeks from past agricultural activities that predate contemporary best management practices. The heavy rain also has brought nutrients from contemporary sources, including ag riculture, urban areas and perhaps leaking septic systems. The hurricane stirred up nutrient-rich bottom sediments in Lake Istokpoga, located northwest of Lake Okeechobee, raising the level of phosphorus in the water. Phosphorus loads from Lake Istokpoga to Lake Okeechobee subsequently have risen to 118 metric tons, four times the long-term annual average. The Kissimmee Valley has also been heavily inundated, contributing another 305 metric tons of phosphorus to the lake „ also four times the long-term annual average. These nutrients have fueled a bloom in Lake Okeechobee that began with the hot, sunny weather in June. The bloom had been dominated by Microcystis, a kind of blue-green algae that requires dissolved nitrogen and phosphorus in the water to grow. The bloom appeared to be going away in July, but then reappeared. Why? If blooms decline in summer, its often because they run out of nitrogen, unless theyre a species that can obtain nitrogen from the atmosphere. Samples obtained in early August (see Aug. 9 update) showed the resurgent bloom was dominated by Anabaena, a species that can obtain nitrogen from the atmosphere. Phosphorus concentrations can remain high during a bloom by recycling in the water. It is unclear what the present composition of blue-green algae is in the lake, because water samples have not been taken recently. We will update if that information becomes available. Interestingly, the Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough, a subwatershed, had below-average nutrient loads into Lake Okeechobee. This subwatershed sits on the northeast edge of the lake. Its important to note that this slough has experienced the most intensive agricultural nutrient control program by the state and the industry. This years bloom illustrates the problems faced by the large lake ecosystem „ the land that drains into it has a huge pent-up quantity of phosphorus and nitrogen. Flood control canals can rapidly carry those nutrients into the lake, causing blooms. A wet hurricane or just a very wet spring „ followed by a hot summer „ can determine whether there will be a massive bloom on the lake. Nutrient control is critical, because we cannot control the weather. Climate change only will make the situation worse. The positive results in the Taylor Creek/ Nubbin Slough subwatershed are encouraging. Stateand federally funded projects continue in the entire Lake Okeechobee watershed in an attempt to control nutrient and water inputs into the lake from various source regions. Completion of projects in the Lake Okeechobee watershed and the decline in blue-green blooms in the lake is decades away. The mandated target load for phosphorus from the watershed to the lake is 105 metric tons. But the actual load of around 500 metric tons has not declined for decades. The target phosphorus concentration for the lake water is 40 parts per billion. This concentration has risen markedly since the 1980s and is routinely more than 100 parts per billion. Nitrogen inputs are also an important factor for blue-green algae blooms in this large lake; they are not as explicitly considered as phosphorus inputs at this time. Editors note: Karl Havens has 35 years experience in aquatic research, education and outreach, and has worked with Florida aquatic ecosystems and the use of objective science in their management for the past 23 years. His area of research specialty is the response of aquatic ecosystems to natural and human-caused stressors, including hurricanes, drought, climate change, eutrophication, invasive species and toxic materials. He is a recipient of the Edward Deevey Jr. Award from the Florida Lake Management Society for his research dealing with Florida lake ecosystems.


September 23, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News 5 Okeechobee Livestock MarketCattle Auction Monday & Tuesday Restaurant Open Monday Wednesday “Best Burgers in South Florida!” 863.763.3127 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 As I sit in my of“ce to write this market report, I look at the desk next to mine, my DADs desk. Its empty. That seat could never be “lled again! What an amazing man. The knowledge, the generosity, humility, humor and love that we learned from him and shared with him will never be forgotten! The Clemons family and Okeechobee Livestock Market family cannot express enough our tremendous appreciation for your thoughts and prayers! The market went on this week with a good run of cattle, nearly 3,000 for the week. Prices held up. Circle Y Groves, St Cloud, topped the Calf Market with a high of $2.45 bought by Bellamy Cattle. Fra-Mar, Okeechobee, topped the Cow Market with a high of $.55 bought by Florida Beef. Upcoming Special Sales: Oct. 5: Okeechobee County Cattlemens Association Bred Heifer & Replacement Heifer Sale (consignment deadline is Oct. 3); Oct. 12: Deer Valley Angus Bull Sale; Oct. 19: OLM-Little Creek Farms, W.E.T. Farms & Sabal Ridge Brangus Bull Sale; Oct. 26: OLM Charolais Bull Sale. Todd Livestock Market Report By Katrina ElskenLake Okeechobee News Okeechobee area weather watchers snapped photos Thursday, Sept. 20, of what some called a funnel cloud and others referred to as a waterspout. Whats the difference? According to the National Weather Serv ice, a funnel cloud is a condensation funnel extending from the base of a towering cumulus cloud, associated with a rotating column of air that is not in contact with the ground. When a funnel cloud is in contact with the ground, it is considered a tornado. The National Weather Service website explains that waterspouts fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts. Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail and frequent, dangerous lightning. Fair weather waterspouts usually form along the dark, ”at base of a line of developing cumulus clouds. This type of waterspout is generally not associated with thunderstorms. While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, a fair weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and works its way upward. By the time the funnel is visible, a fair weather waterspout is near maturity. Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions, so they normally move very little. If a waterspout moves onshore, the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, as some of them can cause signi“cant damage and injuries to people. Typically, fair weather waterspouts dissipate rapidly when they make landfall, and rarely penetrate far inland. For photos, see Page One. Twister photos shared by local residents to kill Haynes should any of“cer attempt to breach the cell. By the time a resolution was reached, Haynes was dead. In his initial interview with the state police, Woodbury stated that he did this to get their attention and that he was not a violent weirdo. The hearing began with Judge Bauer asking questions to determine whether he felt Woodbury was capable of representing himself, which he had done throughout his trial. When this was completed, Woodbury was given the opportunity to present evidence of any mitigating factors that might in”uence the judge to sentence him to life in prison rather than to uphold the death sentence. To this, Woodbury replied: You aint gonna overrule 12 people! Cut it out.Ž Judge Bauer explained that it was completely up to him what he presented, and Woodbury decided to list what he felt were mitigating factors. He claimed that Ashley Albright, the assistant state attorney, lied to him and secretly recorded him. He stated that his constitutional rights were violated because he was given a transcript of the video recording but was not shown the video, and he claimed that three witnesses lied on the witness stand and that his confession had been false. Woodbury claimed that it was never his intention to kill Haynes but to punish him because he believed Haynes was trying to rape him. Woodbury also said he should have called more witnesses, but he didnt believe 12 people would “nd me guilty for killing a maggot with “ve life sentences that tried to rape me.Ž On cross-examination, Mr. Albright asked Woodbury if he did or did not kill Mr. Haynes, and Woodbury replied, He died because he didnt get adequate medical care.Ž When asked which part of his confession was false, Woodbury replied, that I wanted the death penalty.Ž When asked by Judge Bauer if he had anything to add before he made a decision, Woodbury said, Yes, Please dont kill me, sir.Ž After careful consideration, Judge Bauer upheld the original death sentence. DEATHContinued From Page 1 The Okeechobee County Library is looking for photos of the old library,Ž which was in the building that currently houses the Okeechobee Police Station. These photos will be used for our 20th anniversary celebration of our current building. Anyone with photos of the old library is asked to bring them to the Okeechobee Library. Please ask for Debra or Sonya. Originals will not be kept; copies of the photos will be made instead. Anyone who has questions may call 863-763-3536. Photos sought of old Okeechobee public library


6 Lake Okeechobee News September 23, 2018Lonzie Howard Busby, Sr., 92OKEECHOBEE „ Lonzie Howard Busby, Sr. died Sept. 19, 2018. He was born May 9, 1926 in Denton, Ga. to J ulius and Anna (Mor ris) Busby. A resident of Okeechobee since 1988, he was a truck driver. Mr. Busby is survived by his son, Lonzie HowardŽ Busby, Jr. (Lee), of Okeechobee; daughters, Sandra Hol land (Bobby), of Century, and Peggie Powell, of Okeechobee; ten grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and brother, Legrand Busby (Alma), of Douglas, Ga. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment w ill be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Ft. Pierce. 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. Rafael Nieves, 66OKEECHOBEE „ Rafael Nieves died Sept. 20, 2018, in Lake Worth. He was born Nov. 24, 1951, in San Loren zo, Puerto Rico to Alejandro Nieves and Ana Flores. He was a res ident of Okeechobee for the past 12 years. Rafael served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He continued his service to his fellow man choosing a career as a police of“cer. He was a member of the FOP, the Florida Sheriffs Association, the American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed collecting coins, cars, “shing, guns, and was interested in anything related to the military or veterans. Rafael was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ana Victoria. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Myrna Nieves; sons, Rafael A. (Nilda) Nieves o f Philadelphia, Penn. and Jose L. Nieves o f Okeechobee; a daughter, Marilyn John, also of Okeechobee; and grandchildren, Eric, Aaron, Linda, Myralena, Nilda and Rafael, Jr. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence may sign the register book at, w All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Obituaries should be submitted to the Lake Okeechobee News by emailing Customers may also request photos and links to online guestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at Obituaries View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.comLegion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., w ill host Sunday night bingo on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will bene“t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.BHR AMVETS host breakfastThe Buckhead Ridge AMVETS will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East. Proceeds bene“t veterans services. For information, call 863-4672882.Legion host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m., with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.Church hosting bingoSacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., w ill host bingo on Monday, Sept. 24 Doors w ill open at 5 p.m., and the fun will begin at 7 p.m.CCC board to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Serv ices Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Okeechobee County School Board boardroom. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate and share information regard ing services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, please call Erin Moore at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.IRSC hosts Family NightThe Okeechobee Childrens Mental Health System of Care will present a Family Night at IRSC on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Williamson Education Center at Indian River State College in Okeechobee. Dinner will be provided by Cowboys. This free event will include activi ties for children ages 3 and up. This months program will be on anxiety, depression and suicide awareness, presented by the Okeechobee County School District and the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce.Register for square dancingSEBRING „ A new square dance club, Live Lively Square Dance, is being organized in Highlands County. Ages nine to 90 are invited to attend. Square dance lessons will be offered. Register your name and email address with Mike at mike@mike-gormley. com to be put on the noti“cation list when more information is available.Hospice hosts yard salesHospice of Okeechobee, 317 S.E. Third Ave., will host a yard sale on Wednesday, Sept. 19, Wednesday, Sept. 26 The sale is from 8 a.m. to noon.BHR VFW serves crab cakesThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East, will serve a crab cakes dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. Proceeds bene“t veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.See you at the pole prayerA see-you-at-the-pole ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 a.m. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their ”agpoles praying for their school, friends, families, churches and communities. See you at the pole is a day committed to global unity and prayer for your generation.Ladies conference setOpen Hands Health Center is pleased to offer a free livestream of True Woman 2018. This ladies conference is led by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and will be held at The Big Lake Baptist Association, 210 N.E. Seventh St. This conference livestream starts Sept. 27 with Session 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 28 Session 2 from 9 a.m. to noon, Session 3 from 2 to 5 p.m., Session 4 from 7 to 10 p.m., and Sept. 29 Session 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics include: The truth about sin, sexuality, gender identity, priorities, marriage, children, circumstances, the truth about consequences, emotions, God and His word. The conference concludes discussing the True Woman movement: where do we go from here. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each session. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for each session, as seats are limited and registrants will have preference. Call 863-801-7737 to register or sign up on Facebook at Open Hands Health Centers Event Page.ELC meeting setEarly Learning Coalition (ELC) of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties Inc. will hold their regular annual board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the CareerSource Research Coast, 584 N.W. University Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Assistance for handicapped persons may be arranged by contacting 772-223-3832. For information, call 772-223-3832 or visit VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East, will serve dinner on Friday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Menu includes grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, onion rings, salad and dessert. Live music by Travis. Proceeds bene“ts homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.Gospel concert scheduledThe southern gospel trio Midnight Cr y will be perform Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. in Okeechobee. For information, call 863-763-3519 or 863-763-7113.


September 23, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News 7 By Cathy Womble Lake Okeechobee News Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) of“cer Jeremiah Payne was arrested on Friday, Sept. 21, and accused of bringing contraband into the prison. According to the arrest report by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Steven Harris, FDLE began investigating allegations based on an email from a person identifying himself as Tom Lace. In the email, Mr. Lace spoke of widespread corruption and abuse in the OCI. Special Agent Harris led the investigation and was able to located a concerned citizenŽ (CC) to support these allegations. According to the report, the CC claimed to have been working with Of“cer Payne for over a year, providing him with cellular devices, tobacco, alcohol and controlled substances, which Of“cer Payne would introduce into the prison. The CC stated that he or she paid Of“cer Payne for his services each time he took contraband into the prison and estimated the amount at somewhere between $1,700 and $2,200. According to the CC, Of“cer Payne was also provided with marijuana and synthetic marijuana for his own personal use. Working with the FDLE and the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Department, Special Agent Harris set up a controlled meeting between the CC and Payne. Using surveillance equipment, Special Agent Harris was able to hear discussion of the contraband, at which time he made his arrest. Of“cer Payne was transported to Okeechobee County Sheriffs of“ce for processing. Bond will be set at his “rst court appearance. OCI of“cer arrested Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsStudents compete in Teen Driver ChallengeCongratulations to Gavin Cashwell and Jake Bessey for completing the Teen Driver Challenge. The Teen Driver Challenge sponsored by the Florida Sheriffs Association is a 12-hour course presented to students over a two-day period. The course provides students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce their chances of being involved in a crash. Pictured are Sgt. Mark Roberts, Gavin, Jake and Comm. Relations Deputy Jack Nash. Flea market hosts Friday Night LightsOKEECHOBEE „ Trading Post Flea and Farmers Market, 3100 U.S. 441 S. in Okeechobee, will host Friday Night Lights on Oct. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will include arts, crafts, merchandise, food and family fun. Admission is free. For more information, call 863-763-4114 Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or email Support Group meetsHospice of Okeechobee offers weekly Bereavement Support Group meetings each week on Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Volunteer Building, 317 S.E. Third Ave, Door #1. Meetings are free and you do not have to have hospice services. Hospice counseling is available to anyone in Okeechobee County. For more information, contact Hospice of Okeechobee at 863-467-2321.


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September 23, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News 9 BUSINESS BANKING TO FIT YOUR NEEDS.OKEECHOBEE OFFICE:863.763.55732100 South Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974 WE HAVE MONEY TO LEND! € BUSINESS LOANS € OPERATING LINES OF CREDIT € BUSINESS CREDIT CARDS BUSINESS BANKING SERVICES € SMALL BUSINESS CHECKING € COMMUNITY FIRST CHECKING € TREASURY SERVICES € MERCHANT SERVICES LOCAL MARKET DRIVEN| WORLD CLASS SERVICE|RELATIONSHIP BANKINGCenterState Bank N.A. NMLS #403455 Open a NEW Business Checking Account & earn up to $125 OFF standard checks to get started! Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ SESSES Students of the WeekCongratulations to South Elementary School Students of the Week for Sept. 17-21: J.D. Landaverde, Abigail Baustista-Almanza, Korbin Shaddon, Magnolia Mixon, Katie Fender, Mason Piper, Madison Forrester, Laurel Ryan, Jartaysia Howard, Brayleigh Barnes, Sandra Lopez, Gernard Louis, Allison Marin-Flores, Antonio Silva Garcia, Madison Farrell, Angelina Sanchez, Shyann McCoury, Cody Tully, Natalie Scott, Dominique Powell, Rachel Phillips, Cassidy Hogan, Isabella Taylor, Peyton Thomas, Chloe Geringer, Anthony Bonilla-Torres, Giselle Olvera, Rylie Arnold, Mariana Maldonado, Logan Freedman, Steven Lopez, Lhisty Buchanan. We are so proud of you! Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ CESCES Students of the WeekCentral Elementary School would like to congratulate the following Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 10. They are: Lexi Bishop, Dalyse Baker, Nikolai Rodriguez, Adali Antonio Torres, Anthony Rodriguez, Sadie McCrosky, Kayla Demedicis, Brian Carbonell, Camylo Baltazar, Alberto Chavez, Letty Martinez, Damien Herrera, Max Montoyo Elias, Emily Eden“eld, Giovanni Gluekert, Kamila Romero, Bryon Perez Lopez, Randy Garcia, Dazmin Urbina, Maryann Harris, Juan Molina, Angel Montoya, Leo Chavez, Natalie Willis, Amaya Alderman and Christian Pineda. Keiser offers mentoringThe Keiser Universitys Multi-Disciplinary Center (KUMDC) offers free individualized and group mentoring sessions for at-risk middle and high school students with disabilities. Contact KUMDC for more information: Damien Hunte, MSEd., at or Christine Benes, MSEd., at


By Richard MarionLake Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee Fire Department “re“ghter David Cortez was born in 1988 in California. His family moved to Florida in 1997. Hes the second child of four and the “rst in his family to have a career as a “re“ghter. I always had the urge to help others,Ž said Mr. Cortez. I believe that had a strong in”uence on my decision to become a “re“ghter.Ž He graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in 2005 and attended Indian River State College, where he graduated with an associates degree in “re science technology. While in high school, “re“ghter Cortez played basketball and soccer and says he enjoyed being able to interact with friends at school as well grabbing breakfast pizza from the cafeteria. But if he had to pick the most memorable thing during his time in school, it would have to be graduating from “re school. Before becoming a “re“ghter, Mr. Cortezs “rst job was as a dishwasher at Sonnys Barbecue, and although he enjoyed those breakfast pizzas in high school, he says the worst job he ever had was delivering pizzas. Mr. Cortez is the second of four children in his family. He doesnt have any children, but he loves spending his free time with his girlfriend and family. Family is important to him. In fact, it was a member of his family who led him to pursue a career in “re“ghting. My father was the biggest in”uence on my career,Ž said “re“ghter Cortez. He always insisted on furthering my education and doing something I can be passionate about. Working as a “re“ghter has been the best career decision I could have ever made. I can honestly say I found my purpose.Ž Mr. Cortez has been living in Okeechobee now for a year. Shortly after he completed “re school, he began volunteering at the city Fire Department. He volunteered for eight months before being hired on as a full-time “re“ghter. Even when asked what superpower he wished he could have, Mr. Cortez tries to “nd the one that will help him be a better “re“ghter. If I could have one superpower, it would be teleportation,Ž he explained. Being able to teleport would help me have a far faster response time, which would be a huge bene“t to the community I am serving.Ž10 Lake Okeechobee News September 23, 2018 NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASEThe Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last year’s property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy ..............................$699,659 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes ...................$ (16,877) C. Actual property tax levy .................................$716,536 This year’s proposed tax levy .............................$770,995 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 5:01 p.m. Okeechobee County School Board 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Room 303 Okeechobee, Florida 34974 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. Meet the “rst responders: David Cortez Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee “re“ghter David Cortez says that while growing up, he spent his summers traveling to visit his grandparents in Mexico and that his favorite subject in school was history.


September 23, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News 11 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Vannas cohort 4 Smidgens 9 Thicket 14 Boston Marathon mo. 15 Meat and greet patio party? 16 Skylit courtyards 17 Yes, to a cowboy? 20 Sunday service providers 21 Switz. neighbor 22 Pollen carrier 23 M*A*S*HŽ Emmy winner for acting, writing and directing 24 German autos 26 Womens undergarment, briefly 27 Yes, to an architect? 31 __ joint 32 Cracker with a scalloped edge 33 [uh-oh] 34 Provides with a soundtrack 35 Components of many tips 37 Give in to wanderlust 39 Shakespeares river 40 Stockholm carrier 43 Yes, to a traffic court judge? 47 Author Rice 48 Final, e.g. 49 Medicine Hats prov. 50 Shoot the breeze 51 Org. for docs 52 Exited quickly, in slang 54 Yes, to the Magic 8 Ball 58 Divine ComedyŽ poet 59 Fun, Fun, FunŽ car in 1960s hit 60 Make faces for the camera 61 Labor day doc 62 Church chorus 63 Mini-albums, briefly DOWN 1 Choose paper over plastic? 2 Ill-fated 1967 moon mission 3 Made even, to a carpenter 4 __ your pardonŽ 5 Cheerios descriptor 6 Give it a goŽ 7 Blood-typing letters 8 Kick up a fuss 9 Uber competitors 10 Platte River tribe 11 The majors 12 Online guide 13 Enter gradually 18 Muffin mix additive 19 Con job 24 Orders with mayo 25 Les __Ž: musical nickname 26 PCs brainsŽ 28 Karen Carpenters instrument 29 Member of the fam 30 One who helps you find a part? 34 Prom partner 35 Fallopian tube traveler 36 Rejections 37 Drink on credit 38 Noise from a 55Down 39 Multi-platinum Steely Dan album 40 I was so foolish!Ž 41 Pays for cards 42 Old salts 43 Get hitched 44 Viral Internet phenomenon 45 Two-horse wager 46 Go up in smoke 51 Yemeni port 52 Capital near Zurich 53 Supplements, with toŽ 55 Type of pen 56 Tech giant 57 Cube that rolls By Bruce Haight 2016 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 03/30/16 03/30/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: By Tom NordlieUF/IFASGAINESVILLE „ The latest installment of an annual report from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reveals some good news about the states economy „ from 2007 to 2016, the portion of Floridas Gross State Product (GSP) generated by agriculture, natural resources and food industries grew at a faster rate than the states total GSP, a statistic commonly used as a gauge of economic strength. This long-term trend indicates that Floridas agriculture, natural resources and food industries sector is strong, and helping keep the states economy on “rm footing, said project leader Christa Court, a UF/IFAS Extension assistant scientist. The agriculture, natural resources and food industries sector continues to be one of the three biggest contributors to Floridas economy, along with tourism and construction,Ž Ms. Court said. It is the sector responsible for the greatest percentage of state employment, and is usually third or fourth among all economic sectors in terms of contribution to Floridas GSP, which is a measurement of the value-added or labor income and business pro“ts within a sector.Ž The report Economic Contributions of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Food Industries in Florida in 2016,Ž was released this week by the UF/IFAS Economic Impact Analysis Program, based in the food and resource economics department. The report is available online at yaadl3zw. It is part of an annual series; the latest edition incorporates data from 2016, the most recent year available. This year, the project team began using an improved method to develop the report, and recalculated previous results for 2007 through 2015, expressing the results in 2016 dollars, she said. With these recalculated “gures, users can make apples-to-apples comparisons from one year to another and examine trends for individual industry sectors,Ž Ms. Court said. We were already con“dent that the agriculture, natural resources and food industries sector had seen pretty steady growth from 2007 to 2016, and these new results con“rm our expectations.Ž Floridas overall GSP rose by about 17.6 percent from 2007 to 2016, Ms. Court said, but during the same time period there was a 28.6 percent increase for agriculture, natural resources and food industries. The numbers are encouraging, but Ms. Court notes that they represent averages that were calculated by combining data from 121 industry sectors. Certainly, we see a positive growth trend overall, and thats a good thing,Ž she said. But not all of those sectors have been expanding at the same rate, or even expanding at all, during this 10-year period.Ž The report presents economic data under seven broad industry headings „ Crop, Livestock, Forestry and Fisheries Production; Agricultural Inputs and Services; Food and Kindred Products Manufacturing; Food and Kindred Products Distribution; Forest Products Manufacturing; Mining; Nature-based Recreation. For calendar year 2016, important statistics for Floridas agriculture, natural resources and food industries include: € Direct employment contribution of 1.68 million full-time and part-time jobs, and total employment contribution (including multiplier effects in other sectors) of 2.29 million jobs, representing 19.9 percent of the state workforce. € Direct industry output, or sales revenues, of $165.51 billion and total output contributions (including multiplier effects in other sectors) of $263.20 billion. € Value-added contributions of $137.23 billion, representing 14.7 percent of Floridas GSP. € Combined exports to foreign countries and other U.S. states totaling $47.7 billion. € Taxes on production and imports paid to local, state and federal governments totaling $12.79 billion. € Labor income contributions of $80.82 billion, including employee wages, fringe bene“ts and proprietor income. UF/IFAS report shows food industries growing AA meetings held regularly in OkeechobeeAlcoholics Anonymous meetings are regularly scheduled in the Okeechobee area: € Monday through Friday: noon open meetings at First United Methodist Church. 200 N.W. Second St.; € Monday, 6:30 a.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Christian Church 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace (Wolff Road); € Monday at 6:30 p.m. open meeting at, Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; € Tuesday at 8 p.m. closed discussion meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.; € Wednesday at 8 p.m. closed mens meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St.; € Wednesday, at 7 p.m., a speakers meeting at Detox of South Florida, 608 N.E. Second Ave.; and € Thursday, noon, closed Step Study, at Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. € Thursday at 6 p.m., open womens meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Thursday at 8 p.m., Big Book meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Friday at 8 p.m., speaker meeting at Church of Our Saviour 200 N.W. Third St.; € Saturday at 7:30p.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312N. Parrott; € Sunday at 7:30 p.m., open meeting, Step Study, at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.


12 Lake Okeechobee News September 23, 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 Now Hiring FULL-TIME MAINTENANCE OPERATOR Deadline is Wed., Sep. 26, 2018, 4:30 PM. See website for Job Description and Application packet, or in person at City Hall, City 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. Successful candidates are required to pass a background EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Pritchards & Associates Insurance Agency is seeking a bilingual Customer Service Representative. We are looking for sales people who are fast-paced, energetic, well-organized, and computer literate. To apply, please send a resume via email to Letty Madrigal at: NOW HIRING CLASS A and CLASS B DRIVERS for local deliveries. Must know the area, have clean driving record and pass a drug Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 2595 NW 8th St. 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/ŽXŽ 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, XŽ 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. Heavy Highway Equipment Co. is looking for equipment operators. The area of employment will be in Port St. Lucie. *Loader *Dozer *Grader *Excavator *Laborers Please call 561-471-4100 ext 224 for an application. Fax application to 561-253-0085 DFWP/EEO/E-Verify Employment Full Time Machine Technician Req. H.S. & 2 Years Experience. Res: Hato Potrero Farm, Inc. 611 East Obispo Ave. Clewiston, FL 33440 NOW HIRING MANAGER’S BURGER KING 604 N.E. 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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. MUST SELLELECTRIC STOVE BEIGE COLOR $100.00/O.B.O, BDRM DRESSER $25.00, WESTERN SADDLE W/16” SEAT VERY GOOD COND/$350.00, TESKEY’S CUTTING HORSE SADDLE MADE IN WEATHERFORD TEXAS, 17” SEAT LIKE NEW CALL 863-2274460 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 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September 23, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMITThe Department of Environmental Protection (Department) gives notice of its intent to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit renewal (DEP File No FLR04E140-002) for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) to Okeechobee County. The renewal permit requires the implementation of a Stormwater Management Program to control the discharge from the MS4 to the maximum extent practicable. The Department will issue the permit with the attached conditions unless a timely petition for an administrative procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department’s proposed permitting decision may The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of of notice shall constitute a waiver of that person’s right to request an administrative determination (hearing) A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department’s action is based must contain the following the Department to take. NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER THE ABANDONMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES EASEMENTS IN PALM VILLAGE RANCH NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom, Room 270, Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comments in consideration of the abandonment of certain public utilities easements in Palm Village Ranch subdivision, and which are further described as follows: The five-foot public utilities easement on either side of the common lot line of Lots 90 and 91 less the west 5 feet and less the east 10 feet thereof, all in Palm Village Ranch as shown on the plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 6, Pages 34-35, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. A copy of this notice will be available for public inspection at the Community Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida each weekday except holidays between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m. All interested parties and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public hearing. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. County Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk. Terry Burroughs, Chairman Sharon Robertson, Clerk and Comptroller Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Petition B-2018-0072 289004 ON 9/23/2018 Public Notice Public Notice Request for ProposalsThe Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive proposals for the purpose of securing Engineering Services for the following: SE 8th Avenue Water Main Replacement Detailed RFP documents are available upon request from the office of the Executive Director, located at 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, (Tel.) 863-763-9460, (Fax) 863-763-3746. The OUA intends to review the submitted RFP’s and reserves the right to reject any or all submittals. The OUA selection committee may elect for presentations or select a qualified firm from the submittals received. The RFP’s must be delivered to the Executive Director’s office, located at Okeechobee Utility Authority Administrative Office, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or before 3:00 PM on October 29, 2018. The submittal must be contained in a sealed package clearly marked on the outside with the submitter’s name and the project for which the submittal is made. John F. Hayford Executive Director 289007 ON 9/21,23,26/2018 MiscellaneousFOR SALE 3’X5’ WOODEN DINING TABLE $50.00, 4FT LANDSCAPE RAKE $400.00, KEROSENE HEATER $30.00, NEW CAN OF KEROSENE $15.00, PINTEL HITCH $75.00 CALL 863-801-6919 GOT ROACHES? GOT BEDBUGS? GOT FLEAS & TICKS? GOT MICE & RATS? GOT ANTS? NEED FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH? 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Mobile Homes Sale 2005-33FT FRANKLIN W/SLIDE $3,000. ALSO 12’X25’ FLORIDA ROOM AVAILABLE FOR $2,000. LOCATED IN BIG “O” RV PARK, CALL FOR APPT. 270-519-8468 Campers / RVs2010 CRUISER Fun Finder X, Aluminum Super Structure Travel Trailer. Only 2 Owners, GVWR-2861, Excellent condition inside/out, sleeps 6, Never cooked in, 2 new batteries, tires, trailer cover & hitch. Serious inquires only. Lots of pics. Shows easy. $7,550. 863-228-7263 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-595-0093 Automobiles2007-LINCOLN MKX ONE OWNER, 74,000 MILES, NEW TIRES, A/C IN SEATS, EXCELLENT CONDITION PLEASE CALL 863-467-0740 FOR SALE74 CORVETTE STINGRAY CONVT., 91 TRANS AM CONVT., 78 MUSTANG KING COBRA, 87 S-10 CUSTOM CAB FLARE SIDE TRUCK CALL FOR PRICES 863-991-2744 Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice 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: Laura Molina a.k.a. Laura Stevenson Mother, 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 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. 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14 Lake Okeechobee News September 23, 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 | | 3000-H: Treasure Island 3BD/2BA w/lake access. 2,271 Total SF/1,440 under air, split bdrm plan, 2 car garage, seawall, hurricane shutters, appliances, some upgrades. Screened porch overlooks the water! $175,000 MLS # 212912 5071-H: Dixie Ranch Estates Move in condition 3BD/2BA split plan, total sq ft 1,870/1,248 under air, fenced back yard, Shed, front & back porch and concrete driveway. $150,000 MLS # 213032 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW METAL BUILDING! 2016 on 10 acres o Old Lo on Rd. (144th Trl) 30x40 plus new addition (Almost completed) 28x20 plus 26x20 porch. is is a custom metal home with all inside done in 1x6 Knotty Pine. New appliances with gas oven. 1B 1B new addition can be great room or master bedroom, 10x10 pump house with new water system. A/C & heated dog house, building is hurricane rated. Hurricane rated windows, New septic tank. Did I mention an attached garage. All fenced Pond(Turtle farm or Nursey) MLS #213026 $225,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 SEMINOLE COVE 55+ COMMUNITY! 2 bed 2 bath at the end of the cul de sac Privacy! Enclosed front porch with a carport. Utility room and private back yard! Schedule your appointment to view this today! Rubber roof MLS #212034 $110,000 Call Jody Carter 863-634-1285 Of“ ce (863) 763-5253 € Julia 1210 SW 2nd Ave, Okeechobee FL 34974 WIDE 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! ~ BRIGHT & CHEERY. S olid built -Well maintained CBS 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ MLS# 213056 $148,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 ~Just a skip to Taylor Creek! 3 Bd/ 2Ba/ Carport and parking. MLS#213053 $119,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 LAKE ACCESS TREASURE ISLAND ~LAKE ACCESS Erica HarveyLicensed Real Estate Agent (863) BLUE HERON Golf and Country Club 1999 CBS home 3bd/2ba/ 2 car garage! 1750 Sf under air 2789 Sf TLA. Foyer, open concept, formal living and dining, vaulted ceilings. Kitchen is roomy with breakfast nook and pantry. Split plan with wood and and shower. Guest Bathroom handicap access. Screen enclosed porch for dining outside living area. Bacyyard is fenced, perfect for your pets. Alarm System ADT with Storm shutters on porch doors and storm shutters for all windows. MLS#213052 $280,000 DIXIE RANCH ACRES 3/2 Home has been maintained immaculately! Workshop 24’ X 36’ with Power & Water and 16’ X 24’ Enclosed Work Area! Bring your RV and Hook Up to the 30 Amp Power located on the outside of the Workshop with an 18’ X 20’ Carport to store your boats or toys! You also can access property from 84th Ct and 83rd Ct. MLS#212696 $237,000 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!863.763.3134 €


September 23, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker BEAUTIFUL HALF ACRE+ LOT ON THE WATER WITH GOOD LAKE ACCESS. Home is in great condition, huge new patio style dock and beautiful landscaping. 3 lots total. MLS 212774 $158,000 CALL ELVIE 863-634-4399 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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