Gerald LefebvreLaw Ofces of Lefebvre763.3333Okeechobee, Florida 14.50 feetLast Year: 16.47 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. 118 Wednesday, October 3, 2018 50Â¢ plus tax 24Injured dog rescued from drowning 2Erin Brockovich tours Big Lake ÂAround the LakeÂŽ Edition Formerly Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, & The Sun r oun dt he Lak eÂŽ Edi tio n Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoLake area students perform in ÂAlice in WonderlandÂStudents from around the Glades area tried out, practiced for four days and performed three times, all in one weekÂs time. The Missoula ChildrenÂs Theatre put on their annual performance this past week, with local students ranging from 5 to 18 years old, at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade. The students performed on Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, for visiting schools, family and friends. For the story, see Page 12. Lee County alternately demands no lake releases and more lake releasesBy Katrina ElskenLake Okeechobee News ItÂs no wonder Lee County residents are confused about Lake Okeechobee releases. Half the year, local ofÂ“cials tell them the Caloosahatchee estuaries are dying because they need more freshwater Â”ow from Lake Okeechobee The other six months, they are told the estuaries are dying because there is too much lake water being released. At the Sept. 21 meeting of the Coalition of Counties for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries and the Indian River Lagoon, Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann expressed frustration with the publicÂs lack of understanding of the water quality and quantity issues. While many Lee County residents have spent much of the summer complaining about the freshwater released from Lake Okeechobee, on Sept. 24 the mayors of the cities of Sanibel, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral and Bonita Springs penned a letter to South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez asking for a guaranteed increased Â”ow from the lake during the dry season. Previously, the dry season Â”ow, measured at the Franklin Lock on the Calooshatahcee River Â„ River Â”ow demand changes with season A continuing series About Lake Okeechobee About Lake Okeechobee TRUTH Search for the Search for theSee RIVER Â„ Page 5
2 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Today: Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 87F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: A few clouds from time to time. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 20%. Thursday: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 10. Friday: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night: Clear skies. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Saturday: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night: Clear skies. Low near 70F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday: Scattered Thunderstorms with a high of 89F. Sunday Night: partly cloudy with a low of 71F.Monday: Partly cloudly with a high of 89F. Okeechobee Weather All about shopping with a plan? Then you'll love our weekly ad. Get the rundown on our latest deals and BOGOs before you shop! Available in stores and online at publix.com/savingstyle. Check our weekly ad for current deals VOTEDEBORAHCOUNTY JUDGEHOOKER SheÂ’s one of us. HookerForJudge.comMagistrate Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Deborah M. Hooker for County Court Judge LABELLE Â„ Ruby Garcia from the Hendry County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce will present a program on ÂPersonal SafetyÂŽ and Steve Buczynski will share a birding update, ÂItÂs a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,ÂŽ at the Hendry-Glades Audubon monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m, Everyone is invited to the programs held at the Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension, located at 1085 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle, 33935. To register for the free escorted driving trips for birdwatching enthusiasts, go to hendrygladesaudubon.org. The public entrance to STA 5/6 (Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6) at the south end of Blumberg Road is available for walking or bicycling Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday year-round except for the seasonal Sunday hunting dates. For information about the driving trips or information about Hendry-Glades Audubon Society, contact Margaret England at 863517-0202, visit hendrygladesaudubon.org or like our Facebook page, Hendry-Glades Audubon. Program highlights neighborhood birding Erin Brockovich tours lakeConsumer advocate and environmental activist Erin Brockovich has waded into the South Florida water issues. ÂSpent several hours today on the great Lake Okeechobee with Florida Audubon. What an education I received about this lake and its importance to the entire ecosystem.ÂŽ Ms. Brockovich (left) posted on her Facebook page on Monday. ÂOut on Lake Okeechobee with Audubon Florida getting an awesome education on the ecosystems,ÂŽ she posted with a photo of Dr. Paul Gray (right). She will host a town hall meeting in Fort Myers on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Burroughs Homes and Gardens, 2505 First Street in Fort Myers. ÂSo Erin Brockovitch came to learn about Okeechobee,ÂŽ posted Dr. Gray on his Facebook page. ÂThanks for learning, thanks for helping. We were playing with periphyton in the back marshes, which are still doing well in spite of the cyanobacteria problems in the middle of the lake.ÂŽ Special to the Lake Okeechobee News Special to the Lake Okeechobee News GLADES COUNTY Â„ A new paddling guide to Fisheating Creek will be unveiled as part of a two-day, family-friendly event to ÂCelebrate the CreekÂŽ at the Fisheating Creek Outpost on the weekend of Oct. 19-20. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will sponsor the weekend of nature exploration at the Fisheating Creek Campground at the state wildlife management area. FWC will present its new paddling trail map for those who want to explore the beautiful waterway that drains into Lake Okeechobee. There will be guided paddling trips for those with any level of marine skills, swamp buggy rides, nature demonstrations and displays, food trucks, live music, nature walks and a Friday night campÂ“re. Call the campground at 863-675-5999 to reserve a campsite and a spot on the optional shuttle for paddling trips. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The outpost is at 7555 U.S. 27 North in Palmdale. Event at outpost celebrates Fisheating Creek
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 3 Those who live around Lake Okeechobee know this is a very special place. We invite readers to share photos from the lake area for a monthly photo contest. Each week, the newspaper will include some of the submitted photos. Once a month, a winner will be chosen for a prize. Prizes will vary from month to month. The prize for the best Life Around the Lake photo submitted in September will be a one-year subscription to the electronic edition of the Lake Okeechobee News Submit your photos along with an explanation or short story to go with the photo to email@example.com. Photo contest celebrates the region Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ April MartinThe birds of the air ...April Martin took this photo of Lake Okeechobee from the Clif Betts Lakeside Recreation Area (aka Lock 7). ÂThis picture reminds me of the Bible verses in Matthew,ÂŽ she shared. ÂBehold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?...ÂŽ Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsFun on the lakeJoshua Brack and Christian Sandoval enjoy a day on Lake Okeechobee. Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsFifth generationMissy Fipps shared this photo of her granddaughter Athena, a Â“fth-generation Okeechobee native. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Hank RucksI see you!This little guy was just hanging out in a pole on a gate at C & M Rucks Dairy Inc.
4 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL 34974 Website: okeechobeenews.net 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: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo Place a Display AdPhone: (863) 763-3134 Email: email@example.comCall: (877) 353-2424 to place a classiÂ“ed advertisement from home Fax: (877) 354-2424 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgBilling DepartmentEmail: email@example.com 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 ofÂ“ces. 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Â€ To treat people with courtesy, respect, and compassion MEMBER OF:Blame for water pollution misdirected at sugarcane farmersBy Weston PryorSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News As a Glades family sugarcane farmer and county commissioner, I was angry and disappointed about the Sept. 6 OrlandoSentinel.com guest column ÂDead Â“sh on Florida shores: Turn outrage into actionÂŽ by Bullsugar.org representative Chris Maroney. He falsely accuses sugarcane farmers of causing the water mess playing out on the east and w est coasts of Florida. This is not a crisis caused by farmers south of Lake Okeechobee. This is because millions of people have moved into a system designed more than 70 years ago for a fraction of that population. As to algae issues and Lake Okeechobee discharges, it is true that the water and nutrients Â”owing into Lake Okeechobee are not being properly managed. What Bullsugar neglected to reveal was that nearly 95 percent of this water and nutrients run off communities from Orlando south into Lake Okeechobee. When Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades are full, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Â„ not sugarcane farmers Â„ discharges that water east and west to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee river estuaries because of dike safety concerns during hurricane season. Mr. Maroney is doing a disservice to the people of Central Florida by attempting to Â“nd another scapegoat to a problem that is better addressed at its source. Outside of activist groups such as Bullsugar, most scientists and water-quality experts agree that the problem lies north of Lake Okeechobee, not to the south, where successful restoration projects have already been built and are delivering clean water to the Everglades. Bullsugar seems to attack farmers at every opportunity. For example, it has lobbied legislators in Tallahassee to take more job-sustaining farmland out of production when it wasnÂt needed. Language used against our farming communities even caused Republican nominee for agricultural commissioner Matt Caldwell to refer to it as a Âhate group.ÂŽ Farmers want this problem solved more than anyone else. We are working every day to address water quality where we can. We have used best-management practices to reduce the amount of phosphorus Â”owing off our farms by a signiÂ“cant amount. In the Everglades Agricultural Area, which is south of Lake Okeechobee, farmers have achieved a 57 percent annual reduction in phosphorus and, as a result of our partnership in restoration efforts, 100 percent of Everglades National Park is meeting strict federal clean water standards. ItÂs a shame that Bullsugar seems to exist only to attack local farmers, who grow not only sugarcane but also citrus, sweet corn, green beans, broccoli and other vegetables for Florida families and families across our great country. If groups like Bullsugar were to be successful, American families would increasingly have to rely on a foreign food supply. Down in the Glades communities, we want to see this problem solved. That means sticking to the facts of what is causing these serious water issues so we can design a real solution. We are willing to help Â“nd solutions to stopping the coastal discharges just as we have been part of the solution to helping restore the Everglades. To do that, everyone must come to the table and work together Â„ and agree to work with factual information and science, not misinformation and hate. Farmers are stepping up, and we challenge Bullsugar to step up and do the same. The organization might start by changing its name. Weston Pryor of Moore Haven is a farmer and a Glades County commissioner. Guest Commentary Speak OutSpeak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspaperÂs websites at okeechobeenews.net, theclewistonnews.com, gladescountydemocrat.com or bellegladesun.com, in the comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off written, anonymous or signed opinions at the Lake Okeechobee News ofÂ“ce, 107 S.W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@newszap.com. Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues!Distracted drivingÂ€ ÂThis morning once again, I found myself behind a distracted driver at a stop sign. No trafÂ“c was coming, but the car did not move. Finally I had to honk the horn. Of course the driver was busy on the phone and did not notice trafÂ“c behind her. People, turn the cellphones off and concentrate on your driving! You canÂt do both at the same time.ÂŽ Â„ S. Jones Â€ ÂEveryone knows this but still will continue to do this action.ÂŽ Â„ Kevin Sweatt Â€ ÂThe increase in one-vehicle accidents is directly tied to cellphone use. Drivers paying attention to their phones instead of the road wind up driving off the road and hitting a tree or a telephone pole. Even worse, sometimes they hit another driver. These accidents could be avoided if peopl e would just turn off the phone. We did just Â“ne without cellphones before they were invented. Many people still do just Â“ne without one. You can turn your phone off long enough to drive where you are going and check for messages when you stop. Turn off the phone. Pay attention to your driving. The life you save may be mine.ÂŽ Â„ K. BookerLake levelÂ€ ÂLower levels would mean a healthy lake! Our lake has been abused enough. Lower lake levels means a healthier lake and less risk of a [dike] failure.ÂŽ Â„ Tony DÂAndrea Â€ ÂIf we lower the lake levels, maybe we should also stop Â”ood control in the Jupiter and Wellington areas and let it go back to the natural Â”ow also. The streets would probably be underwater 6 months of the year. ItÂs a give-and-take situation.ÂŽ Â„ Steve Nutter BHR Moose to serve dinnerOKEECHOBEE Â„ Buckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will have a pork chops dinner, fried or grilled, with all the Â“xings for a $7.50 donation. Dinner is served on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome.BHR Moose serves catÂ“shOKEECHOBEE Â„ The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, offers allyou-can-eat catÂ“sh on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation of $10. The public is welcomed.BHR Moose serve breakfastOKEECHOBEE Â„ The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, will offer a full breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 8 to 11 a.m. The public is welcomed.BHR Moose serve dinnerOKEECHOBEE Â„ The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, will offer a spaghetti dinner with all the Â“xings on Monday, Oct. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., all for a donation of $7. The public is welcomed.
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 5 w hich is 40 miles from the Moore Haven Lock where water from Lake Okeechobee enters the river Â„ was 300 cubic feet per second (cfs) or about 194 million gallons per day. The South Florida Water Management District recently increased the dry season allocation to 400 cfs. ThatÂs not enough, say the mayors, who have asked for a minimum Â”ow of 700 cfs, measured at the Franklin Lock. In the Sept. 24 letter, the mayors argued that the additional freshwater from the lake is necessary to keep the salinity levels in the estuary from getting too high. High salinity is harmful to native plants, such as tape grass, which are critical to the estuary habitat. The letter cites scientiÂ“c research which indicates that Â”ows needed for actual restoration of the estuaries could be as high as 1,000 cfs. While the mayors argued for increased lake releases during the dry season, local residents and political candidates seeking the votes of those residents were demanding a halt to lake releases during the summer wet season. Some of the protesters claim the current lake releases are contrary to the natural Â”ow of the system. But historical records show that before the river was channelized, the Caloosahatchee River received little or no water from the lake during the dry season, and did receive lake Â”ow during the wet season. Before the river was channelized, wet season Â”ooding was common in the towns along the Caloosahatchee, as evidenced by historical photos of water in the downtown streets Â„ and even in the stores Â„ in LaBelle. Before Hamilton Disston used dynamite and dredges to create a liquid highway from Fort Myers to the Lake Okeechobee for freight and human transportation in the late 1880s, the river was connected to the big lake by a series of marshes. During the wet season, the lake would overÂ”ow into the marshes at Moore Haven, which has an elevation of around 13 feet above sea level. Water from the lake would Â”ow through from the lake through the marsh to Lake Hicpochee. Water Â”owed from Lake Hicpochee westward into Lettuce Lake and Bonnet Lake; when the water was high, the two lakes merged. From Bonnet Lake, water Â”owed into Lake Flirt, the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee River, near Fort Thompson. Channelization, Â“rst for navigation and later for Â”ood control, changed the hydrology of the Caloosahatchee River watershed, draining that watershed much faster than natureÂs design. Today, without artiÂ“cial Â”ow from Lake Okeechobee during the dry season, the river would suffer from saltwater intrusion. The C-43 reservoir project, currently under construction, would store excess water during the wet season and release it to the Caloosahatchee River during the dry season. But project completion is years away, and the Lee County mayors argue that it will store only enough water to provide 214 days of minimum Â”ows at 400 cfs or 122 days of minimum Â”ows at 700 cfs. Even after the C-43 reservoir is operational, the estuary will still need dry season releases of water from Lake Okeechobee, they argue. The C-43 reservoir was originally designed in 2008, but the project was delayed when the change of governors brought a change of water management priorities. SFWMD estimates the reservoir will be completed in 2022, at a cost of approximately $500 million. According to University of Florida studies, about 40 percent of the water in the river comes from Lake Okeechobee. Most of the wet season Â”ow to the river Â„ and most of the nutrient load in the water Â„ comes from local basin runoff. RIVERContinued From Page 1 By Richard MarionLake Okeechobee News The Okeechobee Brahmans couldnÂt contain the explosive Heritage Panther running game during their match on Sept. 28. Okeechobee lost 47-0, bringing the team to 0-5 for the season. Offensively, Okeechobee continued to make the same mistakes that have haunted the Brahmans all year. They have struggled w ith snapping the ball on multiple occasions, speciÂ“cally in the shotgun formation. A bad snap on the BrahmansÂ Â“rst possession sailed over the head of Okeechobee junior Veyon Washington, killing any momentum Okeechobee had. Another bad snap early in the game saw the Brahmans face a mind-boggling third-and-38. When Heritage took over after the Â“rst botched Brahman snap, it didnÂt take long for the Panthers to score. Heritage sophomore running back Tay Farmer had a standout performance against the Brahman defense, and he made his presence known on the PanthersÂ very Â“rst play on offense when he ran for a 37yard touchdown through the heart of the Okeechobee defense. By the middle of the third quarter, Farmer would have 201 yards rushing and Â“ve touchdowns. Okeechobee will have to Â“gure out a way to slow down Farmer, as theyÂll be facing him for the next two years as a junior and senior. Despite the blowout score, Okeechobee had some positive aspects they could look to and build off of. OkeechobeeÂs Kyle Palmisano had a great interception that he was able to return to midÂ“eld early in the second quarter, and Wyatt Kemp notched two sacks for the Brahmans in the Â“rst half. Also, Brahman running back Veyon Washington looked great in space when the Okeechobee offensive line was able to spring him free. And ultimately thatÂs what it will come down to for Okeechobee to get its Â“rst win of this season: great play from both the offensive and defensive lines to control the game so the Brahmans can start enforcing their will on teams. TheyÂll get another chance for their Â“rst taste of victory when the rival Martin County Tigers come to Okeechobee on Oct. 5. Martin County has also been struggling this year and comes into the game with a 2-4 record. But the Tigers will have the always-dangerous senior quarterback George Johnson with them. Johnson can make plays with his arm or his legs and recently led his Tigers to a 27-17 victory over South Fork on Sept. 28 in the Martin Bowl. Johnson is committed to play at the University of Michigan after he graduates this year. Okeechobee will attempt to limit Johnson, and their own mistakes, when they face Martin County at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Okeechobee High School. OHS canÂt stop Heritage running game in home loss Memorial planned for Drew Jones, ÂMr. HenscratchÂLAKE PLACID Â„ Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery announced the passing of owner and expert winemaker Drew Jones last week. The Lake Placid winery, which annually has a celebration in August called the Grape Stomp, posted on its Facebook page that ÂDrew, or ÂMr. HenscratchÂ as he was affectionately referred to, has been the backbone of Henscratch Farms for 10 years! Drew was tragically taken from us on Monday, Sept. 24, after a sudden cardiac arrest that led to his anoxic brain injury.ÂŽ Family members said they plan to have a Celebration of DrewÂs Life in a month and thanked community members for their support and expressions of sympathy.Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy of Jones family Special to the Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE Â„ The Alarm Company of OkeechobeeÂs Phyllis and Carl Shumate recently announced a new partnership with Group One Safety & Security. ÂKevin Madden and his team at Group One are a fantastic addition to our local security company,ÂŽ said Carl Shumate, The Alarm CompanyÂs vice president and manager. ÂAfter 18 years serving Okeechobee County, Phyllis and I are ready to take a step back from day-to-day operations and, after careful consideration, we could not have found a better partner than Group One to help manage our business.ÂŽ Mr. Shumate said that all of The Alarm CompanyÂs current employees will remain on staff, plus additional services and support staff will be added in the future. ÂNot only will our customers continue to see the friendly faces of our technicians Chris Amsden and Anthony McCain, IÂll remain just a phone call away,ÂŽ Mr. Shumate said. ÂGroup One is very excited about partnering with the Shumates in Okeechobee,ÂŽ said Mr. Madden, Group OneÂs president. ÂWhen you operate a security company, you understand the importance of the trust that is built up client by clients over the years. The Shumates have built their business on their reputations, and we take the responsibility of protecting and ultimately enhancing that reputation very seriously.ÂŽ Group One Safety and Security is centrally located in Stuart, providing a wide range of life safety services including alarm installation and monitoring, testing, sprinkler system inspections, video surveillance and more throughout South Florida. ÂOne of the most exciting aspects of this partnership is the opportunity to provide The Alarm CompanyÂs clients with an even wider variety of products and options,ÂŽ said Hilary McKeich, Group OneÂs business development manager. ÂWe offer state-of-theart commercial and residential security systems, full home automation and even custom-built, custom-Â“t A/C Â“lters Â„ something that isnÂt easy to Â“nd.ÂŽ ÂWeÂll remain at our 919 Northwest Park Street address and are planning on expanding our ofÂ“ce hours in the future. Our clients are always welcome to stop in to say hello to old friends and, now, meet some new ones as well,ÂŽ said Mr. Shumate. The Alarm Company adds a partner
6 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Llo y d E. G an, 90 OKEE C HOBEE Llo y d Earl Gan died on S e p t. 25, 2018 in Okeechobee. He was born i n S t. Lou i s, Mo. on F eb. 7 1928 to the late Ernest and A da Gan. A fter servin g in the Nav y i n WWII, Llo y d became an elec t rician i n S t. Lou i s and worked for t he Missouri Pacic Railroad Carter Ca r buretor and A nhueser Busch. A lifelong M a son, he loved to dance, sh f or crappie, and sit on the dock at his home on Ta y lor Creek. He will be greatly missed by his f amily and friends. H e was preceded in death b y his late wife, C atherine Balance; and brother, Eugene Gan. H e is survived by his wi f e, Brenda Gan; dau g hter, Linda Jean Duncan (Bob); stepchi l dren, Laura Mann, Angie Burns ( Bobby ) and Pat White; six g randchildren; and four g reat grandchildren. Mason i c serv i ces w i ll 1 p.m. Wednes d a y Oct. 3, 2018 at the Masonic Lodge in O kee c h ob ee T hose wishing to leave a message o f condolence ma y sign the register book at, w ww. O keechobee F uneralHome.com A ll arrangements are entrusted to the d irec t ion and care o f t he Bux t on & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home, 400 North Pa r r ott Avenue Okeechobee Florida 34972. E dith Hansel Hester 9 6 OKEE C HOBEE Edith Hansel He s ter passed awa y on S e p t. 30 2018 at the H amrick Hos p ice o f O kee c h ob ee E d i th loved to color c rochet and talk on the p hone with her f riends and famil y Edith r e tired f rom the St. Lucie Count y School Board as a bus dr i ver. E d i th w as of t he Mormon fai t h and an ac t ive me m ber o f the Church o f Latter Da y Saints. Edith was preceded in death b y her hus band, James Hester; her parents, Henr y Mo r gan Hansel and Mar y Driggers; brother, Earl H ansel; sister, Bett y Harper; daughter, Neld a Cason; and granddaughter, Kimberl y Pena. E dith is survived b y her son, Sonn y Cason; sisters, Edna Crostic and Ann Lindesmith; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, ne p hews and n i eces G raves i de serv i ces w i ll take p lace on W ednesda y Oct. 3, 2018 at 2 p.m., Evergreen Cemetery with President David Whitecell of f f ciating. Memor i al donat i ons may be made to Ho s pice o f Okeechobee in the loving memor y o f Edith I. HanselHester. 411 SE 4th Street, Okeechobee Florida 34974 Arran g ements are under the directions o f S eawinds Funeral Home of Okeechobee. C ondolences may be expressed at www o kee c h ob eese a win d s .co m Bruce Wet h erington, 52 OKEE C HOBEE Bruce Wetherington was born Dec. 1, 1965 to C .R. and Doris Wether i n g ton i n Pahokee. Bruce was a res i den t o f Pahokee where he w orked as a c i t y cop f or three years be f ore j oinin g the Palm Beach C ounty Sheri ff s O f ce w here he serve d 27 y ears wear i ng badge #4095. He was also a re g hter for Palm Beach C ounty. Bruce met the love o f his li f e Hazel in 1984 ; the y married and spent 31 loving y ears togeth e r. Bruce has been a resident o f Okeechobee for 17 y ears. He enjo y ed hunting with his f riends and spending time with his f amily. Bruce was preceded in death by his f ather, C .R. Wetherin g ton; nephew, Kent Wether i ngton, II; and his f ur baby, Peanut H e is survived by his loving wi f e, Hazel; his f ur babies, A p ollo and Max; mother, Doris; brothers, Kent and Mark ( Leslie ) ; sister-in-law, Tamm y (Ron); nieces, Ashle y (Travis), and Melissa ( Scott ) ; nephew, Robert ( Lei g hia ) ; along with man y other nieces, nephews, great n i eces, great nephews; and many e x tended famil y and friends. B ruce l ove d you a ll Vi s i tat i on was 11 a.m. unt i l serv i ces at 12 p.m. Monda y O ct. 1 2018 at Fi rst Bapt i st Church o f Okeechobee. Committal was 2:30 p.m. at Port Ma y aca Cemeter y Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence ma y s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob eeF u ner a lH o me .com A ll arran g ements are entrusted to the direction and care o f the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home 400 North Pa r rott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. g Jo y ce C. Ervi n CLEWISTON Jo y ce C. Ervin passed awa y S e p t. 26 2018 S he was born S e p t. 29 1946 i n C rossville Tenn. S he was a ded i ca t ed mother and g ran d mother. S he i s surv i ved b y her children: three sons, Terr y Garnto, Bil ly Haithcock, and Brian Ervin; three daughters, Helen Thomas, Vick i e Ervin and C ourtne y Solis; along with man y grandch i ldren and great grandch i ldren, lov i ng rela t ives and friends T he famil y would like to extend a thank y ou f or all the support, prayers, and concerns the y have received. OKEE C HOBEE T roy T homas T uten d i ed S e p t. 25, 2018. He was born July 4 1943 i n W a y cross, Ga He proudly served our country in the Uni t ed States A rmy. A res i den t o f Okeechobee since 1969 he was well known f or his busi ness ventures i n town including the Archer y Sports Shop, the Countr y Cooler, Rootin To o tins, and Tro y Built Cabinets. He was a me m ber o f the VFW, Moose Lodge, and Eagles. M r. Tuten is survived b y his wife, Susan; sons, Jason Tuten (Suzanne), of Colorado, and Lance Tuten (Angela), of Okeechobee; daughter, Nicole McCurdy ( Michael ) of Geor g i a; th i rteen grandch i ldren; and one great grandch i ld. V isitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funer al Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturda y O ct. 6 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee F uneral Home. In t ermen t will follow a t Eve r green Cemeter y Those wishin g to leave a messa g e o f c ondolence ma y s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob eeF u ner a lH o me .co m A ll arran g ements are entrusted to the direc t ion and care of t he Bux t on & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home 400 North Par rott Avenue Okeechobee Florida 34972 M able Hendr y Teal, 82 MOORE HAVEN Mable Hendr y Teal p assed awa y Sept. 28, 2018 in Oakbrook o f L a Belle S he w a s bo rn J a n 1 1936 i n Moore Ha v en t o A be and Ber t ie ( Whidden) Hen d r y S he was a lov i ng m other, g randmother, and aunt who w i ll be m issed b y her entire f amil y Mable leaves behind h er son, Shane Teal and his wife Belinda o f Moore Haven; g randchildren, Mellanie Anne Prindle Teal, Ethan James Teal, Logan M i c hael Teal, Josl y n Mae Teal, Brooke Elizabeth T eal, and Maddil y n Susan Teal; and a host o f e xtended famil y and friends. Mable was preceded i n death b y her s i ster, Doris Akins; brothers, Benem y Williams and Smile y Hendr y Graveside celebra t ion of Life service will be h eld at 5:30 p.m. Wednesda y Oct. 3, 2018 at the Pavilion of Ortona Cemeter y in Ortona. Pastor Charle y Watts will ofciate the celebra tion o f Li f e. Burial will be in Ortona Cemeter y A rrangements b y Akin-Davis Funeral Home C lewiston George Lamar Carter, 87It is with great sadness that the family o f George L. Carter announces his passing in Clewiston on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. George will be lovingly remembered by his w ife of 54 years, Eleanor; and his children, J udy Frazer, William Arnold and his wife Sandra, Dotty Hinson, Sydney Clyatt and her husband Glenn, Eileen Abreu and her husband Rey, Patricia Arnold and her signicant other Debbie, and Mark Carter. George will be fondly remembered by his nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. His son, Arthur Robert Arnold, Jr., and granddaughter, Sandy Flaherty, predeceased him. George is remembered as being a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. Curly was born in Live Oak then became a long-time resident o f Miami then Clewiston. He had worked for 40 y ears as a general superintendent at H.E. Nason Construction. A private service will be held in Miami. Those who wish to make donations and in lieu of owers, please make donations to your local animal shelter in his memory. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. I NDI A NT OW N Jud y Ka y Kell y ascended to Heaven on S e p t. 30 2018 S he was born A u g 7, 1950 in Bat a v ia, N.Y. Judy was a l ongt i me O keechobee County school bus driv e r, having retired after 2 0 y ears. She enjo y ed h elp i ng others and was an ac t ive member o f t he O C E A Union in her f ree t ime J udy was preceded i n death by her parents, Hazel and Raymond R oberts; son, Dale Squeek y Clark; and her b rothers, Raymond and R i ck Roberts. She is survived by her husband o f 30 years, R oger Kell y ; sons, Johnn y Allen (Am y ), Terr y Cantrell ( Christine ) Cory Kelly ( Amanda ) and B randon Kell y (Tammi); brother, Kenn y Ro b e rts; sisters, C arol Roberts and Sally Scroger; and g randchildren, Tara Stallhut, Justin Allen, B rittney and C olton C antrell, and Rylie Kelly M emor i al donat i ons may be made to Mar thas House and Hos p ice of Okeechobee. V isitation will be 4 p .m. until services at 6 p.m. T hursday, O ct. 4 2018 at Buxton & Bass O kee c h ob ee F u ner a l H o me T hose wishin g to leave a messa g e o f condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.co m A ll arran g ements are entrusted to the direc t ion and care of t he Bux t on & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home, 400 North Pa r rott A venue Okeechobee Florida 34972 Obituaries View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.comVisit us online at lakeokeechobee news.com /okeechobeenews
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 7 Special to the Lake Okeechobee News The Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition is partnering with World Renew to assess long-term recovery needs as a result of Irma. This is the Â“rst step in working with the families in Hendry and Glades counties to see that all available services have been applied for and that their long-term needs have been identiÂ“ed. The Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition is a community-based organization in Hendry and Glades counties that was established after Hurricane Irma in order to help homeowners who, after insurance and government beneÂ“ts, still need help in order to recover. The World Renew team will be in the area Sept. 27 through Oct. 6, and will be providing walk-in centers. Walk-In Center locations and hours: Florida B. Thomas Library, 1010 J Harlem Academy Ave. in Clewiston Â€ Thursday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Â€ Friday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Â€ Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Â€ Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Â€ Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. LaBelle United Way House, 133 N. Bridge St. in LaBelle Â€ Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m.-7 p.m Â€ Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Â€ Friday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Â€ Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Montura Ranch Estates Clubhouse, 255 N. Hacienda St. in Clewiston Â€ Thursday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Â€ Friday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Â€ Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Â€ Friday, Oct. 5, 1-7 p.m. Â€ Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lakeport Community Center, 1239 Red Barn Road in Moore Haven Â€ Monday, Oct. 1, 1-7 p.m. Â€ Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1-7 p.m. Doyle Conner Building, 900 U.S. 27 in Moore Haven Â€ Monday, Oct. 1, 1-6 p.m. Â€ Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1-7 p.m. World Renew teams will be wearing green shirts with the World Renew logo and will be wearing identiÂ“cation. If you are not contacted by this group and you have unmet needs, please call 2-1-1 or 800-887-9234. Unmet Needs Coalition teams up with World Renew Frances Mai lh ot, 9 0 H A NOVER, N.H. F rances Ma i lhot d i ed W ednesda y S ept. 26 2018 Frances was born Nov. 20, 1927 in Bri s tol, Conn., dau g hter o f D idi er a n d M a r i e J a ne ( Pelletier ) Perreault. She married her Â“ rs t love, David A dams, an d toget h er t h e y h a d f our children. Later in li f e she me t and married her second and las t love, John Ma i lhot. T hey eventually ret i red to New Hampshire. Frances was a feist y wom an, who shared her op i n i ons generously w i th anyone her eyes landed on. She was fervent i n her pol i t i cal v i ews and could debate them seemingly not requiring oxygen. She read continually and her curiosity lasted a li f etime. Frances was adventurous and loved being current. She tackled usin g an iPad at 80 ( kee p ing a cheat sheet taped to its back ) and spor t ed vibrant colored clothes and lipstick. She w as t i ckled b y an y th i ng naught y espec i all y pla y ful puppies. She lived with AlzheimerÂs many years be f ore Â“ nally moving into an A s sisted Living Facilit y Westboro House in West Lebanon, N.H. There she made dear friends, Mar y a resident and Doris her care giver. She loved both these women and enjo y ed their friendships deepl y Eventuall y her illness re quired more oversi g ht and she spent the last y ear of her life in Hanover Terrace. Her room w as Â“ lled with sunlight and photos o f her ever enlarging family. Her family is grateful for the care and su pp ort she received f rom the sta ff Frances was predeceased b y her husbands, David Adams and John Mailhot; three brot h ers, Patrick, Roy and Roger; and three sisters, Pearl Loretta and Paul i ne. Survivors include her sons David Mark A d ams (Patricia), Florida, Michael Adams, Pen n sylvania, Peter Adams ( Andrea ) Connecticut; and her daughter, Holl y Burnham (James), New Hampsh i re; her prec i ous grandch i ldren, great grandch i ldren and great great grandch i l dren, n i eces and nephews, cous i ns and her lifetime dearest friend, Eva (Tob y ) Testa. The f amil y will be gathering f or her birthda y in Nov. f or a celebration o f her li f e and a Me morial Mass will be held in Connecticut in the S pr i ng. Condolences to FrancesÂ f amily may be ex pressed to i n an onl i ne guestbook at www knight f uneralhomes.com. In lieu o f Â” owers the f amily would appreci a t e dona t ions t o t he AlzheimerÂs Associa t ion. ÂAlways on Top of the JobÂŽRe-Roofing SpecialistsÂ€ Metal & Shingle Roofs Â€ Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939DonÂt make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Obituaries Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy of Glades County Economic Development CouncilTwo new eateries open in rural Glades CountyNew dining opportunities are popping up in the unincorporated communities of Glades County, reports Tracy Whirls, executive director of the Glades County Economic Development Council. First, the EDC celebrated the opening of the Lakeside Bistro in the former ChappyÂs strip mall in Lakeport. The newest one (top) is the Ortona Tavern, which opened Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Ortona.
8 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Veterans NewsLegion Post #64 plans eventsOKEECHOBEE Â„ American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second Street, has a week of fun planned. On Wednesday, the grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jay and Patty will provide music from 3 to 6 p.m. On ÂThursty Thursday,ÂŽ Oct. 4 lunch and dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 5 the Legion Auxiliary will host a Â“sh fry from 5 to 8 p.m. The menu will include a choice of Â“sh, shrimp or chicken in a basket or on salad. Music will be provided from 6 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 7 the post will open the doors at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 8 The American Legion w ill host 5-card bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 893-763-5309. V ietnam Veterans to meetOKEECHOBEE Â„ U.S. military veterans of all branches are invited to join us for the monthly meeting of the Okeechobee Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America Thursday night, Oct. 4, at Cowboys BBQ, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. if placing a food order). V FW to host dinnersOKEECHOBEE Â„ Big Lake VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will serve Philly cheese steak and patty melts on Oct. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 4, the post will host 5 card bingo at noon. The Auxiliary will serve chicken Alfredo with vegetable and dessert from 5 to 7 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 5, the post will serve a steak dinner form 5 to 7 p.m. Music with Dennis will be 6 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 6, a Gator fry is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. with music by Karaoke Kop from 2 to 6 p.m. Reserve your tables now for the postÂs Christmas dinner. Call Peggy at 863-532-2144.BHR VFW to host mealsBUCKHEAD RIDGE Â„ The Buckhead Ridge VFW will host a variety of veterans events this week. The address of VFW Post 9528 is 29012 State Road 78 East in Buckhead Ridge. For more information, phone 863-4672882. The Sons of AMVETS will serve a Meatloaf and FixinÂs dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. at Buckhead VFW Post 9528 to beneÂ“t veteran services. The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will serve dinner on Friday Oct. 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried Â“sh and shrimp, baked and French fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, and fried onion rings. Salad and desert. Live music by Avont Btown. Proceeds beneÂ“t homeless veterans. The VFW Riders will serve a full breakfast at 8:30 11 a.m. and chicken wings and sliders at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The VFW Auxiliary will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 8:30-11 a.m. in Buckhead Ridge, to beneÂ“t veteranÂs services. The Ladies AMVETS will serve turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin spice cake on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at 5 p.m. to beneÂ“t veteran services. The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528will serve dinner on Friday Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at VFW Post 9528. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried Â“sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, and fried onion rings, salad and desert. Entertainment will be live music by Crystal. Proceeds go to homeless veterans. The VFW Riders will serve a full breakfast at 8:30 11 a.m. and chicken wings and sliders at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 to beneÂ“t veteransÂ services. Palm Beach CountyPahokee City Commission Tuesday, Oct. 9 6 p.m. workshop, 6:30 p.m. regular meeting Council chamber, 115 E. Main St., Pahokee Live online at cityofpahokee.com Glades CountyGlades County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. Commission chamber (Room 201) Second Â”oor, Glades County Courthouse 500 Ave. J S.W., Moore Haven Printed copies of the agenda will be available in the commission chamber, online at myglades.com. Hendry CountyHendry County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m. Commission chamber, Clewiston City Hall 115 W. Ventura Ave., Clewiston hendryÂ”a.net Live online atFacebook. com/Hendry County Okeechobee CountyOkeechobee County School Board Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m. School Board OfÂ“ce, 700 N.W. Second Ave., OkeechobeeAgenda includes: Board policy of zero tolerance for school-related crimes; medical marijuana use at schools; school policy on religious expression in school. Agenda is online at okee.k12.Â”.us.Okeechobee Utility Authority Tuesday, Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. Historic courthouse, 302 N.W. Second St., Okeechobee Live online at www.co.okeechobee.Â”.us Week of October 4 thru the 10th YOUR Government WATCHThese upcoming meetings of local elected ofÂ“cials, scheduled during the next several weeks, are open to the public.
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 9 First in a seriesBy Cathy WombleLake Okeechobee News There are 12 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the Nov. 6 ballot. Amendment number one, which was proposed by the Florida Legislature, deals w ith the Homestead Exemption. The Homestead Exemption Act was initially introduced in 1933, after the Great Depression, and was intended to give some tax relief to property owners by allowing them to deduct $5,000 of their propertyÂs v alue from their taxes. In the 1960s, it was increased to $10,000, and in 1980, it went to $25,000. In 2008, this was increased to $50,000. This means that if your home is worth $100,000, and you qualify for the homestead exemption, your home would be taxed as though it were only worth $50,000. The new amendment proposes to raise the exemption by an additional $25,000 for those whose homes are valued at or above $125,000. If a home is valued between $100,000 and $125.000, they would receive a partial exemption. These reductions w ould not affect the amount paid in school taxes. There are many things to consider before heading to the polls. Not everyone qualiÂ“es for homestead exemption. You must legally own the property, and it must be your permanent residence. You must Â“le for the exemption by Jan. 1. Businesses do not qualify. Renters do not qualify. Your v acation home is not eligible. Even if you do qualify for the homestead exemption, you qualify for the additional exemption only if your home value is above $100,000. You can Â“nd this out by going to any of the area property appraiser ofÂ“cesÂ websites where they have posted links which allow property owners to Â“nd out how the amendment, if passed, with change your tax bills. Just put in an address, and the program will determine how the proposed amendment would affect the tax bill for that address. Links to the estimator can be found for Lake Okeechobee area counties at: Â€ Hendry County: http://hendryprop. com/. Â€ Okeechobee County; okeechobeepa. com. Â€ Palm Beach County: https://www. pbcgov.org/PAPA Â€ Glades County: http://qpublic.net/Â”/ glades/homestead3.html Another consideration is the Â“nancial cost to the county if this amendment passes. If it passes, the tax base in the county will be cut signiÂ“cantly. This means counties will either cut services or raise the tax millage. (The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 of property value that is used to calculate local property taxes. Millage rates are multiplied by the total taxable value of the property to calculate the property taxes.) According to Florida Tax Watch, a nonpartisan, independent, nonproÂ“t taxpayer research institute located in Tallahassee, ÂStatewide, 71 percent of all Florida resident families will receive no beneÂ“t from A1, and if a resident does not beneÂ“t, they will very likely end up paying more in increased property taxes or other local tax and fee increases.ÂŽ Their study indicates that 23 percent of homesteads in Okeechobee County will qualify for the new exemption. In Hendry County, the estimate is 20.1 percent. Glades County is estimated at 22.3 percent, and Palm Beach County at 67.7 percent. In their 2018 Florida Amendment Guide, Jamesmadison.org lists the pros as lowering taxes and putting money back into the pockets of Floridians. They list loss of local government revenue as a con. The Florida Association of Counties believe it will cost FloridaÂs cities, counties and other taxing authorities an estimated $687.5 million annually, starting in 2019, and the League of Womens Voters feel it will likely result in cuts to services or higher local rates to make up for the revenue losses, or possibly both. The League of Womens Voters website lists the following opponents to the amendment: League of Women Voters of Florida; Florida Policy Institute; Florida League of Cities; Progress Florida; Florida Education Association; Florida Association of Counties; Florida City and County Management Association. The Florida League of Cities explains that it believes the amendment is unfair because the beneÂ“ts are going to only a few homeowners rather than to everyone. The group calls it a tax shift rather than a tax break because Âit will leave millions of hardworking homeowners with a bigger share of the property tax burden.ÂŽ If you vote yes on this amendment, you are voting to give homeowners with homes valued at more than $125,000 another $25,000 exemption and those whose homes are valued between $100,000 and $125,000 a partial exemption. If you vote no on this amendment, you are voting to keep the exceptions the way they are now. Before every election, people are told to get out and vote, but there is more to it than just going to the polls. Take time to research the issues. These things will affect you for years to come. Vote, but vote wisely.Amendment 2Amendment two was also placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature. This amendment deals with a cap on property taxes that was put in place through an amendment in 2008. The League of Women Voters explains it as Âa 10 percent cap on annual property value increases for non-homestead property.ÂŽ This gave them some of the same beneÂ“ts as homeowners because property taxes are determined by property values. The 2008 amendment is scheduled to be repealed on Jan. 1, 2019, but the new amendment would make the cap permanent. School district taxes, which were already excluded from the cap, would continue to be excluded. According to Jamesmadison.org, which put together a 2018 Florida Amendment Guide, there are many pros to voting yes on this amendment. If passed, annual property taxes would continue to be increased by no more than 10 percent. The guide states that studies have been done which conclude that if this amendment is not passed, there could be major tax increases which could affect renters, seniors, business owners, and part-time residents. The State Revenue Estimating Conference study estimates a $700 million tax increase if the amendment is not passed. Jamesmadison.org does not believe there are any cons to voting for the amendment. Contrarily, the League of Women Voters opposes the amendment. Its position is Âno tax sources or revenue should be speciÂ“ed, limited, exempted, or prohibited in the Constitution.ÂŽ The LWV lists supporters of the amendment as the Florida Association of Realtors, Florida TaxWatch and Florida Chamber of Commerce. Voting yes on this would mean that you are voting to keep the 10 percent cap permanently. Voting no means that you want to remove the cap. Make sure you vote, but educate yourself, and vote wisely. For more on the proposed amendments, see the Oct. 10 edition of the Lake Okeechobee News. Limited-time offer; subject to change. Taxes and fees additional. Unlimited talk feature for direct U.S. communications between 2 people; others (e.g. conference & chat lines, etc.) may cost extra. 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Constitutional amendments on November ballot Special to the Lake Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE Â„ The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor V ehicles (DHSMV) and To Inform Families First (TIFF) are recognizing October as ECI A wareness Month and urge residents to register or update their emergency contact information (ECI). ECI is a state-supported, secure system that allows Floridians, with a valid driver license or ID card, to designate up to two emergency contacts. The system may only be accessed by law enforcement and only in the event of an emergency. ÂRegistering emergency contact information is the Â“rst step to providing peace of mind for loved ones,ÂŽ said DHSMV Executive Director, Terry L. Rhodes. ÂFloridians should keep their information updated in the ECI system, so law enforcement can notify contacts immediately.ÂŽ Parents should be aware that children as young as Â“ve years old are eligible for a Florida ID card and can be registered in the secure ECI system. Teens are encouraged to register their ECI as they apply for their driver license or ID card and keep the information updated. Online: Â”hsmv.gov/driver-licenses-idcards/emergency-contact-information-history/. Update your emergency contacts
10 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Paid political advertising paid for and approved by Audrey Asciutto, Democrat, for Florida House District 55AUDREY SCIUTTODEMOCRAT FOR FL HOUSE 55VoteÂ€ Restore Public Education Â€ Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Â€ Solar rights for us, not the large utilities Â€ Legalize MarijuanaNovember 6thÂ€ Competent Â€ Committed audreyforÂ” oridahouse55.com Open to the Public Â€ Basket of Cheer RafÂ” e Drink Specials Â€ Cake Walk/Bake Auction 50/50 RafÂ” e Â€ Silent Auction Come join usSATURDAY, OCTOBER 13THA Fundraising Event hosted by the VFW Auxiliary of Post #4423The VFW Auxiliary will be donating all proceeds from this event to: Pool Tournament Noon Start Live from 2 Â‘til 6VFW Post #4423 ÂThe North PostÂŽ 300 NW 34th St. Okeechobee For more information, call: 863.763.0818 LISA RILEYServing BBQ Rib or Chicken Platterfrom 1 Âtil 3pmIncludes Sides & Roll Â€ $10 DonationKeenagers enjoy nursery rhyme competitionGCWC starts new year off with full scheduleSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News GLADES COUNTY Â„ Glades County W omanÂs Club President Marina Langdale s tarted the new club year off with a full s chedule. She began the recent meeting by appointing club chairmen and a chaplain. The GCWC is the only service club in Glades County, and membership is by invitation only. Prospective members must b e sponsored by an active member of the c lub. Any club member can provide an application. Mrs. Langdale emphasized that one of the clubÂs main community projects, free mammograms to qualiÂ“ed Glades County residents who do not have insurance to cover them, is still in place. Glades County residents are encouraged to apply b y downloading an application from the c lubÂs Facebook page, or through any club member. It is urgent that Glades County residents take advantage of this free offer, and schedule a mammogram ASAP, if they qualify. The Miss Glades County Pageant, which the club sponsors, has been rescheduled to a later date. Be sure to watch the Lake Okeechobee News for the new date. Some of the scheduled events for the coming club year are Healing of the Yards (any club member can explain this), scheduled for Oct. 1. A rib cook-off will take place on Oct. 6. The entry fee for the cook-off will be $50, with entrants furnishing their own ribs. A turkey shoot is scheduled for Nov. 8, with a 50/50 drawing. The president announced that she has a donation of $500 to be rafÂ”ed. Proceeds from all these events will go toward scholarships and cancer awareness. GCWC is sponsoring a Christmas tree decorating contest for businesses. The money from this will go toward scholarships. The entry fee is $25. Look for more on this event closer to the time. Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsThe Glades County WomanÂs Club has started a new year of events. Pictured are (left to right, back row) President Marina Langdale, Sylvia Hernandez, Kelly Brantley, Deona Campos, Tina HeÂ”in, Jenny Allen, DeeDee Beck, (front row) Margaret Brown (chaplain), Beth GrifÂ“n and Kim Roberts.By Bobbi BrownSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News MOORE HAVEN Â„ Not every person w ho is at least 50 years of age gets to return to preschool. Following a covered dish luncheon, Keenagers enjoyed a competition featuring nursery rhymes. It was soon evident that Laura Daniels was going to win, as she even knew what TuesdayÂs Child is Full of. Sabrina and Brenda King were v isiting their uncle, Kirby Sullivan, to escape Florence as it blew through North Carolina, and joined the fun of the Back to School Party, winning second and third place. Evidently, Elmore Sullivan and Margaret Brown still remembered what Peter Piper Picked and Jack Spratt couldnÂt eat, as they w ere runners-up. All prizes were school oriented, and Elmore assured everyone heÂd be passing out autographs when the Lake Okeechobee News published his photo. The ÂBack to SchoolÂŽ party, following a summer break, was held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church. The church sponsors Keenagers Â„ for anyone 50 years old or older Â„ to enjoy a monthly get-together. However, membership in the church Â„ or any church Â„ is not a requirement. Meetings are at noon on third Thursdays, and usually at the church, from September through May. Next month, weather permitting, a Â“sh fry is planned, and will be held at Bobbi BrownÂs house on Riverside Drive. Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsKeenagers display prizes for the nursery rhyme competition. Left to right are Margaret Brown, Laura Daniels, Sabrina King, Brenda King and Elmore Sullivan.
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 11 If itÂs time for your annual Mammogram, Call Hendry Regional Medical CenterYour LIFE could depend on it! $ 100 Digital Mammogram Screenings!(during the month of October)Please call to schedule your appointment TODAY, in one of our two locations: Hendry Regional Medical Center 524 West Sagamore Avenue Clewiston, Florida 33440 888-983-0131Schedule between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center 450 South Main Street LaBelle, Florida 33935 888-983-6547Schedule between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm
12 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Hermarthria Cattle Hay Round Hay Bales 2018 Crop $ 30 per roll Call 772-216-4657 Western Enterprises LLC Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsKaren Corbin-Wheeler (left) was recognized with a beautiful crystal trophy in appreciation of her 25 years of service. Leigh Woodham, theatre director, presented the award.Area children star in ÂAlice in WonderlandÂSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News Local stars were featured in 25th Missoula ChildrenÂs Theatre production at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center! On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center celebrated its 25th anniversary of presenting the Missoula ChildrenÂs Theatre with an encore performance of the Â“rst title the center ever presented, ÂAlice in Wonderland.ÂŽ A lice, the White Rabbit and a host of others put on a musical wonderland when the Missoula ChildrenÂs Theatre tour directors Katherine Farrell and Cody Schmitt and 47 local students presented an original musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. Playing the title character of Alice were local students Madison Alford, Mia Elrod and Jasmyn Mann. Other featured performers included Catherine Vazquez as Margaret and the Frog, Rodney Morris as the King of Hearts, Kyle Miller as the Knave of Hearts, Cierra Cox as the Queen of Hearts, Conner Harper as the Mad Hatter, Dylan Gilde as the March Hare and Jaya Billie as the Dormouse. Halie Bankhead is featured as The Duchess, Jaylin Velasquez as the Cook, Brooklyn Gilde as The Gryphon, Bronson Blevins as The Mock Turtle and Fernando Contreras as Humpty Dumpty. Tweedledee was played by Emily Sanchez and Maria Muniz played Tweedledum and the Fish. The Cheshire Cats were played by Adrianna Slonaker and Xiomara Woodson. Appearing as the Caterpillar were Aubrey Burgis, Jasmine Dacres, Jayma Hankerson, Jadia Holden, Alexis Rodriguez and Kinsli Williams. Ashana Dacres, Brantley Garrett, DeÂAysia Johnson, Matthew Judah and Brooklyn Ramey played the Cards, and Iliana Bother, Carmirriah Hansen, RuÂnijah Jackson, Kelsey Ramey, Sydney Ramey and Briana Scarlett made up the Flower Band. And Â“nally, Graceyn Alford, Adrian Ariza, Natalie Ariza, Kayleanna Bankhead, Julius Billie, Mia Centeno, Braxton Huggins, Blair Stone, Khalia Thomas and Reagan Walker performed the roles of the Lobsters. TaÂJaye Mann and Stephanie Sandoval served as assistant directors throughout the week. The accompanist for the performance was Karen Corbin-Wheeler, who was recognized with a beautiful crystal trophy in appreciation of her 25 years of service.
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 13 319 N Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972Additional Oces: Stuart | Port St. Lucie West | Port St. Lucie(863) 410-2860 Patient factors associated with musculoskeletal painSpecial to the Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE Â„ As health care prov iders and policymakers look for ways to address opioid misuse, knowing who may be at risk for developing chronic pain could be an important tool for prevention. A new University of Florida study has pinpointed patient characteristics associated with long-term musculoskeletal pain. Researchers say the information could help physical therapists and other clinicians identify at-risk patients and better tailor treatments to control their pain and potentially limit prescription of opioid medications for pain. The UF scientists found that patients who had greater initial pain, a higher number of other health problems, additional symptoms from other body systems and more pain-related psychological distress were more likely to continue to have pain one year after treatment. The Â“ndings appear in the journal Physical Therapy. ÂMusculoskeletal pain is very common and one of the leading causes of disability,ÂŽ said Jason Beneciuk, a research assistant professor in the physical therapy department of UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, part of UF Health. ÂBeing able to predict who will develop long-standing musculoskeletal pain will allow for better use of nonpharmacological treatment options.ÂŽ The UF study was designed to test the capability of a variety of screening tools for predicting persistent pain. The study included more than 400 patients receiving physical therapy for low back, neck, knee or shoulder pain at nine health care centers across the country. Assessments included a measure of pain intensity, a history of previous medical diagnoses and two newly developed screening tools created by a UF pain research team. One asked patients to report symptoms they were experiencing in other systems of the body, including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, nervous, pulmonary and musculoskeletal. The second tool screened for pain-related psychological issues, including depressive symptoms, fear, anxiety and pain catastrophizing, which is characterized by beliefs that pain will worsen or nothing can be done to stop it. They also screened for positive emotions. Patients completed the screening tools before treatment and four weeks, six months and one year later. The number of physical therapy treatments patients received varied, but averaged eight to 10 sessions over four to six weeks. At the one-year mark, 36 percent of patients were still experiencing persistent musculoskeletal pain. These patients had higher levels of pain at baseline, a greater number of other health problems and more pain-related psychological distress. The long-term pain predictors were the same across patients being treated for low back, neck, knee and shoulder pain. ÂOur next step is to determine how these screening tools can be used to help clinicians determine initial treatment pathways,ÂŽ said Dr. Beneciuk, the interim director of the Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration at Brooks Rehabilitation. Although it is too early in the research to offer treatment recommendations for high-risk patients, future recommendations could potentially include increased monitoring, structuring treatment to take into account multiple health conditions or teaching patients pain coping skills, Dr. Beneciuk said. In the U.S., he said, Ânonpharmacological alternatives are being recommended as the primary treatment options for common musculoskeletal pain conditions,ÂŽ he said. ÂThis is a real opportunity ... to help prevent patients from transitioning to chronic pain.ÂŽ
14 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Family-Owned & Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Â€ Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Out-Patient erapy Â€ Long-Term Nursing Care Available 24/7 Â€ Secure Dementia and AlzheimerÂs Memory-Care Wing Â€ Delicious Meals Â€ Fun & Stimulating Activities Five-Star Rated We Love to Care! Okeechobee Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226 Recognized as one of AmericaÂs top surgeons105 NE 19th Drive Â€ Okeechobee, FL 34972 863.623.4486 (voice) 863.623.4487 (fax) www.sainnovalsurgical.com Eective October 15, 2018 your physician Oral Waldo, MD will no longer be aliated with Treasure Coast Medical Specialists at: 225 NE 19th Dr. Okeechobee, FL 34972. We however are pleased to inform you that Oral Waldo, MD, will continue to care for your Cardiology needs at his new location: 1700 Hillmoor Dr. Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952. Your medical records will remain within the practice and are available upon request. Please contact us at (863) 763-0120 if you have any questions. Breast Cancer AwarenessOKEECHOBEE Â„ October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On W ednesday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the residents of Grand Oaks Assisted Living w ill have a lemonade stand on the front porch of the Visiting Nurse Association building across from the Â“re station. All proceeds will go to the local cancer society.Health Literacy Summit planned for professionalsBELLE GLADE Â„ Dolly Hand Cultural A rts Center, 1977 S.W. College Drive in Belle Glade, will hold a Health Literacy Summit on Friday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Health Literacy Summit is for health and human services professionals, paraprofessionals and students committed to serving the unique needs of patients. For information or to register, call 561-844-4220, ext 1600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.GCWC sponsors WalkathonMOORE HAVEN Â„ The Glades County W omans Club (GCWC) will hold their sixth annual Walkathon for Breast Cancer on Saturday, Oct. 6. Registration will be held at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Glades County Library, 201 Riverside Drive in Moore Haven, and the walk begins at 11 a.m. Proceeds provides mammograms for the uninsured in Glades County. For information, call 863227-2452.Mammograms providedBELLE GLADE Â„ Bishop Kenny and Melissa Berry will host Mammograms After Sunday Service at Grace Fellowship Worship Center, 233 W Ave. A, on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. For information, call Pamela Burnett, 786-525-6584, or visit www.thebeautifulgateinc.org.LetÂs Talk about healthBELLE GLADE Â„ Glades residents are invited to LetÂs Talk hosted by the Healthier Glades, a Palm Health Foundation partnership, on Monday, Oct. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Leon Camel Resource Center, 266 First St., in Belle Glade. A light dinner will be served.Train the Brain scheduledPAHOKEE Â„ Loula V. York Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, will host NAMIÂs October book club meeting on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Join the conversation around brain health by reading ÂHardwiring HappinessÂŽ with them. Register at afternoon-tea-book-club.eventbrite.com, or call 561-588-3477.Falls Prevention lecture setOKEECHOBEE Â„ Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. in Okeechobee, invites the community to a Falls Prevention Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria. A continental breakfast will be served. No RSVP is necessary.Pink Warriors Walk setCLEWISTON Â„ Hendry Regional Medical Center Pink Warriors Walk 2018 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Sugar Festival Field, 110 W. Osceola Ave. This 5K walk beneÂ“ts local womenÂs breast health. For information, call 863-983-2735.Mammograms offered Oct. 27BELLE GLADE Â„ The New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church, 1650 S. Main St. in Belle Glade, invites the public to a MASS (Mammograms After Sunday Service) presentation on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m., sponsored by the Beautiful Gate Cancer Support and Resource Center.Medicare assistance offeredMOORE HAVEN Â„ Medicare Open Enrollment assistance will be available at the Hope Connections, 200 2nd St. in Moore Haven, on Thursday, Nov. 1, and Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. noon. For information, call 239208-7090 or visit www.informedchoice.com. Medicare Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 7. Diabetes Health FairPAHOKEE Â„ The 2018 Glades Diabetes Health Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Pahokee High School Gymnasium located at 900 Larrimore Road in Pahokee. Learn how to manage diabetes and improve your quality of life! Event will hold lectures, question and answer sessions on important health topics, diabetes screenings, resources, food demonstrations, food giveaways and the Florida Mobile 3D Mammography. Visit FloridaMobileMammography.com to schedule an appointment for a mammogram. There will be door prizes. Free event.IRSC hosts Family NightsOKEECHOBEE Â„ Bring the kids and join the Okeechobee ChildrenÂs Mental Health System of Care at IRSC for Family Nights at the Williamson Education Center at Indian River State College in Okeechobee. This free will include a light meal and activities for children ages 3 and up. Events will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The topic for Oct. 23 will be IEPs and 504 Plans: Knowing your childÂs educational rights.Support group to meetOKEECHOBEE Â„ A support group for parents whose children have attempted suicide meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of God, 912 N.W. Park St. in Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. The next meeting will be Oct. 30.Okeechobee Fire/Rescue offers blood pressure checksOKEECHOBEE Â„ Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: Â€ Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, Â€ Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, Â€ Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.HospiceÂs Bereavement Support Group meets TuesdayOKEECHOBEE Â„ Hospice of Okeechobee offers weekly Bereavement Support Group meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.Cancer Support Group meetsOKEECHOBEE Â„ The Christ Fellowship Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., will hold a Cancer Support Group on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Group sessions will be a resource for encouragement, education and support. For information, call Judy at 863-532-1721 or email CancerSupportCF@gmail.com. For more health events visit our webside at www.okeechobeenews.net and follow our Facebook page for even more updates. Health News
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 15 By Heather CaldwellSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News Supporters of Hendry County came together on Saturday night, Sept. 29, for an evening of community, musical entertainment and games to support a good cause. The Hendry County Regional Medical Center Foundation had a fundraiser to raise money that will provide more health-care options to the area. Dueling Pianos performed crowd favorites while guests mingled over hor dÂouvres at Oak Grove RV Resort. It was the kind of event where a person could easily run into a neighbor or colleague as it seemed to bring out crowds from all over the community. LaBelle Mayor Dave Lyons pointed out that this was the foundationÂs Â“rst fundraiser in LaBelle, which he believes is Âimportant for our community.ÂŽ The foundation has recently raised more than $190,000 that has gone toward an ultrasound machine, an EKG system, pediatric and anesthesia monitors and more, according to a speech made by Tuesday Tritt, chairwoman of the hospital board. Ms. Tritt said, ÂTo date, the foundation and WISH (Women Involved in Supporting the Hospital) has donated $4.4 million to the hospital, so thank you all.ÂŽ The goal of this fundraiser was to acquire four telehealth units that will allow medical professionals to provide services not currently available in the community. Focusing on pulmonology, cardiology, psychiatry, infectious disease and more, these screens will allow patients to connect with specialists from a remote location through a screen. ItÂs like FaceTiming your doctor to be able to more easily access services that patients would otherwise have to travel elsewhere to address. R.D. Williams, CEO of Hendry Regional Medical Center, elaborated on the vision for the fundraiser. He explains that currently the plan is for two of the units to be held at the hospital and one at each of their rural facilities in LaBelle. The units will allow for secure two-way communication between a patient and a physician at a distant location. The foundation can be proud of creating an atmosphere of generosity and fun for their guests in addition to providing Hendry County with more health-care options. Fundraiser helps provide health-care options 208 NORTHEAST THIRD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972863.763.3909TenniswoodDental.comThe doctors at Tenniswood Dental Associates have been creating beautiful smiles for over 55 years. Mark J. Tenniswood, D.M.D. Jenna Tenniswood Bryan, D.M.D. Clifford E. Bryan IV, D.M.D.NOW OPEN Wednesdays and every 1st & 3rd Saturdays along with our normal hoursAccepting New Patients To run your medical eld-related ad on this weekly, informative page, please call our sales sta at 863.763.3134 Alopecia Awareness MonthOKEECHOBEE Â„ Mayor Dowling Watford presents John Immerfall with a proclamation at South Elementary School with all fourth-grade students, declaring September as Alopecia Awareness Month. Alopecia is a skin disease that can cause hair loss and affects over 6.8 million Americans. The proclamation also commended John for his No Hair DonÂt Care project that raises awareness of the disease and raises funds to purchase books on alopecia for the libraries at Okeechobee schools. Several Okeechobee sheriffÂs deputies attended, along with JohnÂs mother, Steffanie. Pictured from left to right, Detective Heath Hughes, Detective Sergeant Jimmy Mills, Sergeant Michael Hazellief, Deputy Jack Nash, Mayor Dowling Watford, John Immerfall and Steffanie Immerfall.Special to the Lake Okeechobee News Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Heather CaldwellDueling Pianos provided an evening of community, musical entertainment and games to support a good cause. The Hendry County Regional Medical Center Foundation fundraiser will help provide more health-care options to the area.
16 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Okeechobee County Dinner fundraiser setOKEECHOBEE Â„ Point of Light Fellowship Church will hold a pulled pork dinner fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free delivery in Okeechobee and Moore Haven. Dinners include pulled pork, french fries, and cowboy baked beans for a donation of $10. Order by calling or texting 863-227-4037.Blessing of the AnimalsOKEECHOBEE Â„ Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. in Okeechobee, will hold their Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doggy Spa Experience will provide grooming services for a donation of $15. Nail clips for a donation of $3.50. Animal adoption provided by the Okeechobee Trail of Hope Animal Rescue. Have a family picture taken with your pet. Enjoy a bounce house for the kids.Political forum plannedOKEECHOBEE Â„ The Economic Council of Okeechobee will host a political forum about the general election on Monday, Oct. 8 at 5:35 p.m. at Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th St. The candidates for county judge and city council will be invited to speak to the public and answer questions.Retired Educators to meetOKEECHOBEE Â„ The Okeechobee Retired Educators will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef OÂBradyÂs, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Our organization is open to any retiree from any school system that served in any capacity.Church hosting bingoOKEECHOBEE Â„ Sacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host bingo on Monday, Oct. 8 Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the fun will begin at 7 p.m. Glades CountyCoffee, Donuts & ConversationMOORE HAVEN Â„ The Glades County Public Library, 201 Riverside Drive in Moore Haven, will host Coffee, Donuts & Conversation with Sheriff David Hardin on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Library Meeting Room.GCWC sponsors Rib Cook OffMOORE HAVEN Â„ The Glades County Womans Club (GCWC) will hold their sixth annual rib cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. at the Moore Haven City Park, 201 Riverside Drive in Moore Haven. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds beneÂ“t college scholarships to Moore Haven High school graduates and other community service projects of the Womans Club. Contact Marina Langdale at 863-2272452, Jenny Allen at 863-227-6354 or Tina HeÂ”in at 863-633-8179 for entry forms or information.Sunset Cinema scheduledMOORE HAVEN Â„ The Glades County Pastoral Association will present Sunset Cinema (free outdoor movie event) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Tom Perry Memorial Park on Avenue J. The movie will start at dusk. This event features, games, crafts, music, food and more. Concession items available at a cost. Bring your own chairs or blanket. For information, call Charity Martinez at 863-990-2112 or email email@example.com.Lions Club meeting setMOORE HAVEN Â„ The Lions Club of Moore Haven will meet on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the ofÂ“ces of the SheriffÂs Department of Glades County, 1297 S.R. 78 in Moore Haven. Several prospective members will be present. The Lions Club provides assistance to blind or visually handicapped persons and help for people who canÂt afford services. For information, call Kirby Sullivan at 863-946-2556.Reserve booth for CarnivalMOORE HAVEN Â„ Moore Haven Elementary will host a Halloween Carnival on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Moore Haven City Park, 299 Riverside Dr. SW in Moore Haven. Community folks can participate by paying $10 to reserve a booth. Just call Kristi Hingson, at 863-946-0737 to reserve your spot. There will be games, an old fashioned hay ride, bounce house, and an obstacle course for the children. There will be delicious foods such as grilled hot dogs, tostadas, pork tortas, tacos in a bag, and delicious sweets to name a few. The carnival hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Perry Park.Hendry County Audubon meeting set Oct. 8LABELLE Â„ Ruby Garcia from the Hendry County SheriffÂs Department will present a program on ÂPersonal SafetyÂŽ and Steve Buczynski will share a birding update ÂItÂs a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Âat the Hendry-Glades Audubon meeting on Monday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., at the Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension, 1085 Pratt. For information, call Margaret England 863-517-0202 or visit www.hendrygladesaudubon.org.Florida B. Thomas LibraryCLEWISTON Â„ The Florida B. Thomas Library, 1010 J Harlem Academy Ave. in Clewiston will host a Pyrotechnology with Archaeologist Rachael Kangas on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. This event and activity introduces students to prehistoric culture, focusing on ways that local prehistoric people used Â“re to meet their daily needs. A hands-on experiment provides a bang as students use balloons (and water balloons!) to explore how prehistoric people could cook prior to the advent of pottery.Golf Scramble fundraiser setCLEWISTON Â„ The Clewiston High School Alumni 9-Hole Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Clewiston Golf Course, 1201 San Luiz. All proceeds will support the Clewiston High School golf teams. If interested in playing, sign-up is in the golf shop or call 863-9831448.Auditions held for CupidLABELLE Â„ Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 N Bridge St., will hold auditions for ÂCupid (The Later Years)ÂŽ on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Written by Douglas Patterson, Co-Directed by Linda Patterson and Cindy Shough.Candidate Forum scheduledCLEWISTON Â„ The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate Forum on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m., at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 S W C Owen Ave. To submit questions for the candidates, email Hillary Hyslope at clewistonchamber@ embarqmail.com. For information, call 863983-7979Fall Festival set Oct. 19CLEWISTON Â„ The public is invited to a Community Fall Fair to be held at the Clewiston Christian School, 601 Caribbean Ave., on Friday, Oct. 19 from 6-9 p.m. There will be bounce houses, a hay ride, pony rides, corn maze, and moreKids Day set for Oct. 20LABELLE Â„ The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle will hold their annual Kiwanis Kids Day on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Barron Park, 1559 De Soto Ave. in LaBelle. There will be games with prizes, bounce houses, face painting and entertainment Â„ all for free.Palm Beach County Angel Tree registrations setBELLE GLADE Â„ The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County will hold registrations for its Angel Tree program on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and Thursday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1101 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. in Belle Glade. The Angel Tree program will assist families with children 12 or younger this December. For information, visit the Angel Tree website at christmasassistance.org.Join the Trivia ChallengeBELLE GLADE Â„ Support the PBC United Way at the Trivia Challenge to be held on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 N.W. 4th St. All the questions will be local, county, state and U.S. history. Register online at http://bit.ly/2vkV7XQ. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.Chamber to host vendor fairBELLE GLADE Â„ The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, 540 S. Main St. in Belle Glade will host a fall vendor fair for local businesses on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 561996-2745.Domestic Violence Awareness setBELLE GLADE Â„ ÂDomestic Violence Awareness Month,ÂŽ presented by the Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1-4 p.m. at the Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 N.W. Fourth St.Celebration of Life setBELLE GLADE Â„ Join Trustbridge for a Celebration of Life event on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Lomax Harelle Pavilion, 5000 West Canal Street N. For information or to RSVP, call 561-227-5175 or email email@example.com.
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 17 Florida Department of Transportation District OneFinancial Project Number: If you have questions about the project or scheduled public hearing, please contact Nicolas Leon, Project Manager The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public hearing for the above referenced project on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Pier ll Resort, 2200 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, Florida. The hearing will begin as an open house at 5 p.m. with a formal presentation 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 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is designing improvements for the SR 15/700 (US 98/441) at SE 18th Terrace intersection. The primary a signal warrant analysis at the intersection to determine if a signal is needed to reduce delay. Subsequently, an evaluation was performed to determine if a roundabout would reduce delay and increase safety. FDOT is proposing a roundabout at this intersection. Beginning at 5 p.m., people can view the draft design plans on aerial photographs, ask questions, and provide comments to FDOT representatives. The formal public hearing begins at 6 p.m. A hearing moderator will offer introductory remarks and a slide presentation will follow describing the project. During intermission, people can sign up to make oral comments. Those who do not wish to speak can submit written comments. Draft design plans will be available for review September 11, 2018 through October 30, 2018 at the Okeechobee County Public Library at 206 SW 16th Street, Okeechobee Library Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. FDOT will hold this public hearing in accordance with Section 339.155, Florida Statutes; Section 339.199, Florida Statutes; and Section 120.525, Florida Statutes. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Cynthia Sykes, District One Title VI Coordinator at (863) 519-2287 or by By Richard MarionLake Okeechobee NewsÂ€ The Clewiston Tigers came close but couldnÂt beat Mariner on Sept. 28, losing 24-20 in Cape Coral. Although the loss brings the Tigers to 1-5 on the season, they now have a bye week to get healthy for the last four games of the year, three of which are district games. TheyÂll face the Immokalee Indians on Oct. 12 at Clewiston High School. Immokalee also currently has a 1-5 record for the 2018 season. Â€ The Pahokee Blue Devils dominated Boynton Beach and spoiled the Tigers homecoming by winning 47-23. The victory brings the Blue Devils to 3-2 on the season. That record doesnÂt quite reÂ”ect on how talented this Pahokee team is, however. The Blue Devils faced some of the best teams in the state early in their season, and very nearly couldÂve beaten the currently undefeated Vero Beach team in their game on Sept. 21. Touchdown from PahokeeÂs Lavonski W illiams and a scoop-and-score from defensive lineman Taquan Kinsler put the Blue Devils up 14-7 on Boynton Beach early, and Pahokee never looked back from there. Pahokee travles to West Palm Beach on Oct. 5 to take on a 2-3 Palm Beach Lakes Rams team at 6 p.m. Â€ The Glades Central Raiders had a one-point lead in the forth quarter in their game against Cocoa, but couldnÂt keep the Tigers out of the end zone, and Cocoa would go on to w in 29-22. The loss drops the Raiders to 2-3 this season, but theyÂll get a chance to improve to 3-3 when they face a Boynton Beach team still licking its wounds from a dominating performance by Pahokee. The Raiders face Boynton Beach at Glades Central High School on Oct 12. Â€ The Glades Day Gators were a missed Â“eld goal away from defeating their rival Moore Haven Terriers on Sept. 28. But there wonÂt be time to dwell on how close the Gators came to winning as they face an undefeated Jupiter Christian team on Oct. 5 in Belle Glade. Â€ The Moore Haven Terriers will have a less daunting foe in the 1-5 Southwest Florida Christian Kings on Oct. 5. But the Terriers will still need to focus and perform well if they want to come away with the win. ThereÂs a feeling within the Terriers football program that the team hasnÂt reached its full potential y et. The perfect time to show that potential would be in Moore HavenÂs homecoming game against the Kings. Â€ The Okeechobee Brahmans continued to struggle when they played the Heritage Panthers on Sept. 28, losing 47-0. Okeechobee is winless this season at 0-5. TheyÂll face the Martin County Tigers on Oct. 5 at Okeechobee High School. Martin County has also struggled this year, with a 2-4 record. Terriers play Osceola MiddleMoore Haven Middle School volleyball came up short against Osceola Middle School in Okeechobee on Sept. 27. The Lady Terriers lost in two games 25-4 and 25-11. Lake Okeechobee News/ Richard Marion c o k 2 0 1 8 1 0 0 3 1 7 c r o p p d f 1 0 3 O c t 1 8 0 4 : 0 5 : 3 1
18 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time C RIME SCENE / EVIDENCE POSITION T HE O KEECH O BEE C OU NTY SHERIFFÂ’S OFFICE has an openin g for the position o f Criminal Investi g ations Division. pro g rams. Transportin g collected items to o ther a g encies. G lades Count y B.O.C.C. E X C ELLENT BENEFIT S HEALTH C ARE AND S TATE RETIREMENT Full Time Job Opening pg A ssistant Road Su p erintendent P le a se visit www.myglades.com yg to view job SU BMIT APPLICATI O N T O: G ab rielle I b iet a t o rremen d i a Hu m a n Res ou rces Direct or 198 6TH Stree t P O B o x 1 527 M oore Haven, Fl 33471 ( 863 ) 946-6009 F ( 863 ) 946-2290 G lades Count y is an E q ual O pp ortunit y Employer and is a dru g -free workplace. VeteranÂ’s Preference will be g iven inacc o rdance with Fl o rida Statutes 295.07 Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Now H i r i n g www.cit y ofokeechobee.co m PART-TIME C ERTIFIE D POLICE OFFICER ( S ) D eadline to a pp l y is Oct. 31, 2018, 4:30 PM. S ee website for Job Descri p tion and A pp li cation p acket, or in p erson at Cit y Hall, Cit y F L 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. Succes s pre-employment substance screenin g and EEO / ADA / GINA / VP / DFWP Hendr y Count y BOCC i s seekin g applic a ti o ns f o r f u ll-tim e Staff A ss i s tant II for needin g assistance in the application process Employment Full Time Employment Full Time N O W HIRIN G C LASS A an d CLASS B DRIVER S for local deliveries. Must know the area, have clean drivin g record and pass a dru g W al p ole Feed & Su pp l y Co. 2 595 NW 8th St. N O W HIRIN G R ec p tionist / Data Entr y Perso n p/y p/y Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 2595 NW 8th St pp pp RooÂ“ ng RooÂ“ ng Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 OfÂ“ce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 Auctions A U CTI O N E ver y Frida y & S aturday ni g hts at 5:30 9 17 SW P a rk St. ( Behind EliÂ’s Western Wear ) Quality Consi g nments Acce p ted. Wa tf o r d A u cti o n 1 0 % B P 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 W e B u y E st a te s Anti q ues, Collectibles, H ousehold, Tools, Jewelr y and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Miscellaneous Notices Co ntract o r Needed th a t is license d a n d i ns u re d t o bu il d a P resch oo l. M ust be ex p erienced w ith references o r p ortfolio of work com p leted. P le a se sen d inf o rm a ti o n to: P. O Box 4 33 P ahokee, Florida 33476 o r abidin g faith. krobertson@ g mail.com Attention: Shirle y or KR Garage/ Yard Sales Y ARD SALE1093 ELM STREET BHR, FRI.10/5 & SAT.10/6, 8AM-2PM HOUSEHOLD GOODS, LINENS, TOOLS, HOLIDAY DECOR, LOTS OF DOLLAR ITEMS. Employment Full Time APARTMENT MANA G E R S eekin g Property M ana g er for a small R ural Develo p ment p ro p ert y in Moore H aven, FL. Prev i ous R ural Develo p ment ex p erience p r e ferred. Com p uter, math, communic a tion and or g aniz a ti o n a l skills a m u st. C a n d i da te m u st pass back g round c h ec k. P le a se f a x res u me detailin g you r ex p erience t o 40 73 47-1 036 T his instit u ti o n is a n Eq ual O pp ortunit y P r o vi d er a n d E m p lo y er py Employment Full Time Class B CDL Tankwagon Driver w/ÂŽXÂŽ Endorsement Â… 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, ÂXÂŽ 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 H eavy Hi g hway Eq ui p ment C o. is l ookin g for equipment op erators. The area o f em p lo y ment will b e in P o rt St. L u cie. *L o ader *D o zer G ra d er *Excavat o r *Lab o rers P le a se c a ll 56 1-471-41 00 ext 22 4 for an a pp lication. F ax a pp lication to 5 61-253-0085 D FWP/EEO/E-Verif y Employment Medical Medical Assistant Full Time Â… Must have 1 year exp in the medical field. Must be able to maintain confidential information, Strong Customer relations skills & Cultural Sensitivity. Bilingual Spanish/English required. Fax resume to (561) 472-9692 or apply at Florida Community Health Center, 1100 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL. EOE/ DFWP. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Employment Part Time HEAVY TRUCK PARTS SALES PART-TIME 24 hours a week. Some industrial exp. necessary, strong work ethic required. Apply in person Palm Peterbilt 110 S. San Benito St Clewiston Employment Wanted Feed Wagon Operator needed for large dairy farm. Experience with heavy equipment preferred. Call 863-7632279. DFWP. Housing available. READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! WANTED Inside, Full Time Sales Job. Been in Sales 30+ years. Travel club sales & membership sales etc., good people skills & hard worker, very dependable, great salesman. 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October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 19 Public Notice Public Notice INVITATI O N T O BI D CONSTRUCTION SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH INTER R R S ECTION IMPROVEMENTS AT CR833 AND CR846, HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA FINANCIAL PR O JECT N O 4 336 92-15 401 Bid N o 2018-1 4 O PENING DATE AND TIME: NOVEMBER 1, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. S ealed Bids will be received b y the Board of Count y Commissioners of Hendr y Count y Florida, for Â“Construction Services in connection with intersection im p rovements at CR833 and CR846, Hendr y Count y FloridaÂ”. In order to be co n s idered, bids must be received b y the Board of Count y Commissioners, c/o the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Attn: Barbara Butler, at the C.E. Hall Buildin g Room A-226, Hendr y Count y Courthouse Com p lex, 25 E. Hick p ochee Avenue, L a B elle, Florida b y November 1, 2018 at 2:00 p m ., at which time all respons s s es to this re q uest will be recorded in the p resence of one or more witnesses. A co py of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained online at www hendryfla.net y under the Public Information tab, or from the Hendry County En t g ineerin g Department, located at 99 E Cowboy Way, LaBelle, Florida (for pick u p), or by callin g (863) 675-5222. Firms are encouraged to attend the Pre-Bid Conference e on e Thursda y O ctober 18, 2018, at 10:00AM at the En g ineerin g Department, 99 East Cowbo y Wa y LaBelle, Florida 33935. T he solicitation does not commit Hendr y Count y to award an y contracts, to p a y an y costs incurred in the p re p aration of a res p onse to this RFQ, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals re e e ceived as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in p art or in its entiret y this RFQ, i f it is in the best interest of the Count y to do so. The Count y ma y rep rocure at the d iscreti o n o f the B oa r d H endr y Count y is an E q ual O pp ortunit y Provider and Em p lo y er. S i necesita la assistencia de un inter p rete q ue hable es p anol p ara p artici p ar un esta reunion, por favor pon g ase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 6 7 5 532 4. 291077 CN 10/3,10,17,24 CB 10/4,11,18,25/2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE TWENTIETH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT O F THE STATE O F FL O RIDA, IN AND F OR HENDRY C O UNTY, CIVIL DIVISI O N C ASE NO.: 2018-CA-00034 4 5 T WEALTH PARTNER S LP Plaintiff v s K ENNETH L. ATKINS and FIRST TENNESSEE BANK, N ATI O NAL ASS O CIATI O N Defen da nts. NOTICE OF ACTION; CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE -PROPERTY ; TO : Kenneth L. Atkin s 8440 Iron Mountain Trail, Windermere, FL 34786. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Quiet Title to the followin g property in H endr y Count y : Parcel 1: The East 1 / 2 of the Northwest 1 / 4 of the Southwest 1 / 4 of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 30, Townshi p 44 S outh, Ran g e 28 East, in Hendry County, Florida. Parcel 2: The West 1 / 2 of the Northwest 1 / 4 of the Northwest 1 / 4 of the S outheast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 18, Townshi p 44 S outh, Ran g e 28 East, in Hendry County, Florida. H as been filed a g ainst you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Owen Sokolof, Esq., Sokolof Remtulla Sten g el, LLC, P laintiffÂ’s Attorne y whose address is 224 Datura Street, Suite 515, West Palm B each, FL 33401, on or before Thirt y ( 30 ) da y s from Date of First Publication o f this Notice and file the ori g inal with the clerk of this court either before service o n the p laintiffÂ’s attorne y or immediatel y thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered a g ainst you and the relief demanded in the complaint or petition DATED on 9 / 4 / 2018 CLERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU RT By : J. Bevi s DEP U TY C LERK S okolof Remtulla Sten g el LLC 22 4 Datura Street, Suite 515 W est Palm Beach, FL 33401 OSokolof @ floridalitlaw.com S Remtulla @ floridalitlaw.com S Sten g email@example.com Attorne y s for Plaintif f T ele p hone: 561-507-525 2 285937 CN 9/12,19,26;10/3/2018 Public Notice Public Notice RE Q UEST F O R Q UALIFICATI O NS FOR MISCELLANEOUS UTILITY ENGINEERING AND / O R INSPECTI O N SERVICES IN HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA RF Q No. 2018-20 O penin g Date and Time: October 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Hendry County is seeking engineering firms interested in providing profes s s s ional services in miscellaneous utility en g ineerin g and/or inspection services i n Hendr y Count y Pro p osers shall have all services available in-house or ma y propose multiple firms, which have joined together to provide the various re e e q uired disci p linar y services in order to offer a com p lete submission. Individuals and firms properly re g istered in the State of Florida are encoura g ed to submit their q ualifications for consideration. All submittals ( see Section III, Submission R e q uirements ) received in res p onse to this RFQ will be reviewed b y a Count y E valuation Committee. In order to be considered, submittals must be received by the Board of County Commissioners at the C. E. Hall Buildin g (ClerkÂ’s Office) i n the Hendr y Count y Courthouse Com p lex, 25 E. Hick p ochee Avenue, LaBelle, F lorida b y 2:00 p .m., October 11, 2018, at which time all res p onses to this re q uest will be recorded in the p resence of one ( 1 ) or more witnesses. A co py of the Instructions and RFQ Documents can be obtained from the Hend ry County En g ineerin g Office, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, @y, o nline a t www. hendryfla.net, or by callin g (863) 675-5222. Instructions and RFQ documents w ill be emailed u p on re q uest. T he solicitation does not commit Hendr y Count y to award an y contracts, to p a y an y costs incurred in the p re p aration of a res p onse to this RFQ, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals re e e ceived as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in p art or in its entiret y this RFQ, i f it is in the best interest of the Count y to do so. The Count y ma y rep rocure at the d iscreti o n o f the B oa r d H endr y Count y is an E q ual O pp ortunit y Provider and Em p lo y er. S i necesita la assistencia de un inter p rete q ue hable es p anol p ara p artici p ar un esta reunion, por favor pon g ase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 6 7 5 532 4. CN 9/12,19,26;10/3 CB 9/13,20,27/10/4/2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE TWENTIETH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT IN AND F O R HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL ACTI O N C ase N o .17-CA-701 F IRST BANK, a Florida State Chartered Bank, Plaintiff v s JANE M. BEHARRELL, UNKN O WN SP O USE O F JANE M. BEHARRELL, AND U NKN O WN TENANT#1 Defen da nts. N O TICE O F SAL E YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that pursuant to a Consent Final Jud g ment o f F oreclosure entered by Circuit Court Jud g e James D. Sloan, in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein the cause is pendin g under docket number 17-CA-701, the Honorable Barbara S. Butler, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Hendr y Count y F lorida, will offer for sale to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash, in accordance with Chapter 45 of the Florida Statutes (2018), beginning at 11:00 A.M. No o vember 14, 2018, at the Hendry County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 25 East Hick k k pochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935, the followin g described property: THE WEST O NE-HALF O F L O T 6 AND ALL O F L O T 7, IN BL O C K 1 49 O F THE GENERAL PLAN O F CLEWIST O N, FL O RIDA, AS RE VISED SEPTEMBER 7, 19 3 7, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGES 71-78, INCLUSIVE, OF THE PUBLIC REC O RDS O F HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. Any person claimin g an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the p ro p ert y owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within s ixt y ( 60 ) da y s after the sale. DATED this 24th da y of Se p tember, 2018. B ARBARA S BUTLER, Clerk o f Circ u it C ou r t By : J. Bevi s D e p ut y Clerk If you are a person who needs any accommodation in order to par r r t icipate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact the Court O p erations Mana g er, Dawn Oliver, whose office is located at the Hendry Cou n ty Courthouse, 25 E. Hick p ochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935, and whose telephone number is (863) 675-5229, within two workin g days of your receipt of the Notice of Sale; if you are hearin g or voice im p aired, call 1800-955-8771. 290364 CN 10/3,10/2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE TWENTIETH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT O F THE STATE O F FL O RIDA, IN AND F OR HENDRY C O UNTY, CIVIL DIVISI O N C ASE NO.: 2018 CA 000203 5 T WEALTH PARTNER S LP Plaintiff v s R UBY C. SULLIVAN; ESTATE OF RUBY C. SULLIVAN; and UNKNOWN HEIRS OF RUBY C. SULLIVAN Defen da nts. NOTICE OF ACTION; CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE -PROPERTY ; TO : Rub y C. Sullivan, 5400 Mountain Gate Circle, Lakeside, AZ 85929. Estate of Rub y C. Sullivan, 5400 Mountain Gate Circle, Lakeside, AZ 85929. Unknown Heirs of Rub y C. Sullivan, 5400 Mountain Gate Circle, Lakeside, AZ 85929. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Quiet Title to the followin g property in H endr y Count y : The West 1 / 2 of the Southwest 1 / 4 of the Northwest 1 / 4 of the S outhwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 7, Townshi p 44 S outh, Ran g e 28 East, in Hendry County, Florida, containin g 1.25 a cres, more or less. H as been filed a g ainst you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Owen Sokolof, Esq., Sokolof Remtulla Sten g el, LLC, P laintiffÂ’s Attorne y whose address is 224 Datura Street, Suite 515, West Palm B each, FL 33401, on or before Thirt y ( 30 ) da y s from Date of First Publication o f this Notice and file the ori g inal with the clerk of this court either before service o n the p laintiffÂ’s attorne y or immediatel y thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered a g ainst you and the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. D ATED on Jul y 2nd, 2018. CLERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU RT By : J. Bevi s DEP U TY C LERK S okolof Remtulla Sten g el LL C 224 Datura Street, Suite 515, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 OSokolof @ floridalitlaw.com S Remtulla @ floridalitlaw.com S Sten g email@example.com Attorne y s for Plaintif f T ele p hone: 561-507-525 2 290691 CN 10/3,10,17,24/2018 Public Notice Public Notice RE Q UEST F O R Q UALIFICATI O NS F O R IMPR O VEMENTS T O HARLEM ACADEMY B OU LEVARD IN THE HARLEM C O MMUNITY O F HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA RF Q No. 2019-01 O penin g Date and Time: October 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. H endry County is seekin g en g ineerin g firms interested in providin g desi g n p hase and construction p hase services for im p rovements to Harlem Academ y i n the Harlem Communit y of Hendr y Count y Pro p osers shall have all services available in-house or may propose multiple firms, which have j oined to g ether to p rovide the various re q uired disci p linar y services in order to offer a com p lete s ubmission. Individuals and firms properly re g istered in the State of Florida are encoura g ed to submit their qualifications for consideration. All submittals (see S ection III, Submission Re q uirements ) received in res p onse to this RFQ will be reviewed b y a Count y Evaluation Committee. In order to be considered, s ubmittals must be received b y the Board of Count y Commissioners at the C. E. H all Buildin g (ClerkÂ’s Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. H ick p ochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida b y 2:00 p .m., October 25, 2018, at which time all res p onses to this re q uest will be recorded in the p resence of one ( 1 ) o r m o re witnesses. A co py of the Instructions and RFQ Documents can be obtained from the H endry County En g ineerin g Office, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, @y, o nline a t w ww.hendryfla.net, or by callin g (863) 675-5222. Instructions and RFQ docu ments will be emailed u p on re q uest. T he solicitation does not commit Hendr y Count y to award an y contracts, to p a y an y costs incurred in the p re p aration of a res p onse to this RFQ, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals re e e ceived as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in p art or in its entiret y this RFQ, i f it is in the best interest of the Count y to do so. The Count y ma y rep rocure at the d iscreti o n o f the B oa r d H endr y Count y is an E q ual O pp ortunit y Provider and Em p lo y er. S i necesita la assistencia de un inter p rete q ue hable es p anol p ara p artici p ar un esta reunion, por favor pon g ase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 6 7 5 532 4. 291075 CN 10/3,10,17 CB 10/4,11,18/2018CB INVITATI O N T O BI D S UPPLY FUEL T O HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA Bid N o 2019-02 O PENING DATE AND TIME: OCTOBER 25, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. S ealed Bids will be received b y the Board of Count y Commissioners of Hendr y County, Florida, for supplyin g fuel to Hendry County. In order to be considered, bids must be received b y the Board of Count y Commissioners, c/o the Clerk o f the Circuit Court, Attn: Barbara Butler, at the C.E. Hall Buildin g Room A-226, Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Flor r r i da b y O ctober 25, 2018 at 2:00 p .m at which time all res p onses to this re q uest will be recorded in the p resence of one or more witnesses. A co py of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained online at www hendryfla.net y under the Public Information tab, or from the Hendry County En t g ineerin g Department, located at 99 E Cowboy Way, LaBelle, Florida (for pick u p), or by callin g (863) 675-5222. T he solicitation does not commit Hendr y Count y to award an y contracts, to p a y an y costs incurred in the p re p aration of a res p onse to this RFQ, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals re e e ceived as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in p art or in its entiret y this RFQ, i f it is in the best interest of the Count y to do so. The Count y ma y rep rocure at the d iscreti o n o f the B oa r d H endr y Count y is an E q ual O pp ortunit y Provider and Em p lo y er. S i necesita la assistencia de un inter p rete q ue hable es p anol p ara p artici p ar un esta reunion, por favor pon g ase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 6 7 5 532 4. 291082 CN 10/3,10,17 CB 10/4,11,18/2018CB N O TICE O F P U BLIC MEETIN G C lewiston Cit y Commissio n Monda y October 15, 2018 The Clewiston City Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss the pro o p osed Trinidad Park Im p rovements, Phase III. It is the Cit y Â’s intent to a pp l y for a FRDAP g rant to accomplish the construction of new play g round facilities at the park. The meetin g will be held o n Monda y October 15, 2018 at 5:15 p m. The public meeting will be held in the City Commission Chambers at 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. The p ublic is invited to attend. City Hall is wheelchair accessible and accessible parkin g spaces are available. Accommodation re q uests or inter p retive services must be made 48 hours p rior to the meeting. Please contact the City ClerkÂ’s office at (863) 983-1484, ex x x tension 227, or FAX ( 863 ) 983-4055 for information or assistance. The Cit y o f Clewiston is an e q ual o pp ortunit y p rovider and em p lo y er. I, the undersigned authority, do hereby certify the above Notice of Public Meet t t i n g of the Clewiston City Commission is a true and correct copy of said Notice and that I p osted a true and correct co py of said Notice at the front and rear entrances of City Hall, a place convenient and readily accessible to the g eneral p ublic at all times. M ar y K. Combass, Cit y Clerk Cit y of Clewiston, FL 290817 CN 10 / 3 / 201 8 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. Miscellaneous GO T R O ACHES? GO T BEDB UG S ? GO T FLEAS & T ICKS? GO T MICE & RATS? GO T ANTS? NEED F OO D G RADE DIAT O MACE OU S EARTH ? K ill them a ll with Ha rris f a m ou s R oach, Bedbu g F lea & Tick, Rat & Mouse, and Ant p roducts. Also Food Gr ad e DE t o add t o y our animals feed. Av a il ab le a t: O KEECH O BEE FEE D 1579 Hw y 70 E. O keech ob ee FL 3 497 2 ( 863 ) 763-212 3 An d C OU NTRY FEE D 1852 NW 9th St O keech ob ee FL 3 497 2 ( 863 ) 763-344 7 Apartments CYPRESS COVE 1BR/ 1BA, Includes utilities. Large yard. $750 mo. + security. Available now. 863-634-0663 N.W. OKEE 2 BR, 1 BA, $725 mo. $2175 to move in. 561-346-1642 TAYLOR CREEK CONDO: 1BR, 1BA fully furn. $875/mo. utilities incl. Sec. dep. req. & background ck. AVAILABLE NOW! 863-634-0663. TAYLOR CREEK CONDO: 1BR, 1BA fully furn., 1st floor. $900/mo. utilities incl. Sec. dep. req. & background ck. AVAILABLE NOW! 863-634-0663. Houses Rent 5/2 WATERFRONT HOME IN TAYLOR CREEK PARTIALLY FURNISHED AND REMODELED. $1,200/ MONTHLY CALL ALAN 561-246-9864 Houses Sale OKEECHOBEE $140,000 PRIMARY MORTGAGE FOR SALE ON WATERFRONT HOME IN TAYLOR CREEK. 6% W/2YR BALLOON. CALL ALAN 561-246-9864 Land Sale MOO RE HAVEN F ronta g e on Rt. US # 2 7, DEVEL O PMENT S ITE 2 A C RE S ENTIRE CITY BL O CK Z o ne d c o mmerci a l. Ad j acent to court house, hi g h s chool, etc. A PARTMENT S ITE ( 8 units ) Near river. Wa lk t o sch oo l. To wnh ou ses o r R ental A p artments. C a ll o wne r f o r d et a il s 863-673-5071 Mobile Homes Rent 3BD/2BA MOBILE HOME $950.00/MO RENT WITH OPTION TO BUY 3522 SE 25TH IN TREASURE ISLAND 863-634-7822 OR 305494-3738 Mobile Homes Rent BUCKHEAD RIDGE, 2BR, 2BA on water w/dock. $800 mo. + security. No pets. 863634-0663 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. OWNER FINANCING M/HÂ’S WITH NICE PROPERTY 6,000 & 8,000 DOWN, LOW MONTHLY PAYMENTS. ALSO STUDIO APARTMENT $400.00 MONTHLY 863-261-5191 Mobile Homes Sale Mobile Home, Skyline, 2011, 33 feet long, located at MRV Resort, Moore Haven, Florida Very good condition. Like New Fully furnished and air conditioned Floating wood floor. No carpet Landscaping Car Port. Shed equipped with a washing machine Clubhouse, swimming pool, pool room, petanque pitch and shuffleboard Activities organized by the recreation committee A few minutes from Okeechobee Lake. Fishing Golf in the vicinity 1 hour away from Fort Myers and 1.5 hours from West Palm Beach Electricity: approx. $200 per year Monthly rent for 2 lots: $240. Rent is paid till end of December 2018 Asking Price: $31,500, negotiable Reason for the sale: Succession For more information: Theda Chamberlin 1 863 946 6616 mrvresort.com Your new car could be in todayÂs paper. Have you looked for it? When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds.
20 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE C IR C UIT CO URT O F THE TWENTIETH JUDI C IAL C IR C UIT IN AND F O R HENDRY CO UNTY, FL O RIDA. C IVIL DIVISI ON C ASE N O 2 6 20 15 C A 00020 7XXXXXX THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F / K / A THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE CWALT, INC., ALTER R R NATNE LOAN TRUST 2007-23CB MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI CATES SERIES 2007-23CB P laintiff v s. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS/BENEFICIARIES OF THE ESTATE OF ANGEL BORG ES, DECEASED; ANGEL BORGES; JESUS BORGES; ROBERTO BORGES; POR T LA BELLE UNIT FOUR PROPERTY HOMEOWNERÂS ASSOCIATION, INC. AJK/ A PORT LA BELLE UNIT FOUR PROPERTY OWNERÂS ASSOCIATION, INC.; U N KNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY THROUGH UNDER OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO THIS ACTION OR HAYING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE A NY RIGHT TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED D efendant ( s ) N O TICE O F SALE PU RS U ANT T O CHAPTER 4 5 N OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN p ursuant to an Order or Summar y Final Judgment of foreclosure dated September 20, 2018, and entered in Case No. 262015CA000207XXXXXX of the Circuit Court in ano for Hendr y Count y F l ori d a w h erein THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F / K / A THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE CWALT I NC., ALTERNATIVE L O AN TRUST 200 723 CB, M O RTGAGE PASS-THR O UGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-23CB is Plainti ff and THE UNKNOWN HEIRS/ BENEFICIARIES OF THE ESTATE OF ANGEL BORGES, DECEASED; ANGEL BORGES; JESUS BORGES; ROBERTO BORGES; PORT LA BELLE UNIT FOUR PROPERTY HOMEOWNER Â S ASSOCIATION, INC. AJK / A PORT LA BELLE UNIT FOUR PROPERTY OWNERÂS ASSOCIATION INC. ; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1 ; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTER R R ESTS BY THR O UGH UNDER O R AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT T O THIS ACTION, OR HAYING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTER R R EST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder f or cash Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E Hickpochee, 2nd Floor, Labelle, FL 33935, 11:00 a.m., on November 7, 2018, the f ol lowing described property as set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, t o-wit : LOT 15 BLOCK 2160 PORT LABELLE UNIT 4 ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 86 PU B LI C RE CO RDS O F HENDRY CO UNTY FL O RIDA. ANY PERSON CLA l MING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, I F ANY, O THER THAN THE PR O PERTY O WNER AS O F THE DATE O F THE LIS PENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHJN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.. If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation i n order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost t o y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Sheila M ann, Court Operations Manager, whose office is located at Lee C ount y Just i ce Center, 1700 Monroe Street, Fort M y ers, FL 33901, a n d w h ose te l e ph one num b er is ( 239 ) 533-1700, at l east 7 d a y s before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon re c eivin g this noti f ication i f the time be f ore the schedukd appearance i s less than 7 days; i f you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. DATED at LaBelle, Florida, on Se p tember 24, 2018 B ARBARA S. B U TLE R A s C l er k, Circuit Court BY: J. Bev is As De p ut y C l er k SHD Le g al Group P.A. Attorneys for Plaintif f PO BOX 19519 Fort Lau d er d a l e FL 33318 Te l ep h one: ( 954 ) 564-007 1 Service E-mail: answers@shdle g al g roup.co m 290343 CN 10 / 3,10 / 201 8 IN THE C IR C UIT CO URT. O F THE TWENTIETH JUDI C IAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORID A GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION C ASE N O 16 000 5 09C AAXMX B ANK O F AMERICA N.A. ; Plaintiff v s. D AVID T. ESQUIVEL A/K/A DAVID ESQUIVEL, ET AL., De f en da nt s N O TICE O F SAL E N O TICE IS G IVE N that, in accordance with the Default Final Judgment of N Foreclosure dated Se p tember 20, 2018, in the above-st y led cause. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at 2nd floor of the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hick p ochee Ave., LaBelle, FL 33935, on November 7, 2018, the following described property : LOT(S) 9, BLOCK 2 OF ENGLEWOOD TERRACE AS RECORDED IN P LAT BOOK 3, PAGE 40, ET SE Q ., OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF H ENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA Pro p ert y Address: 835 DR ML KING JR BLVD LABEL, LABELLE, F L 33 9 35 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE I F ANY OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE If you are an individual with a disability who needs an ac c c commodation in order to participate in a court proceedin g o r other court service, pro g ram, or activity, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Requests f or accommodations may be presented on the form below, in another written format, or orally. Please complete the form below (choose the form for the county where the accommo dation is bein g requested) and return it as far in advance as possible, but preferably at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance or other court activity. Please see contact information below and select the contact from the county where the accommodation is bein g requested. To download the correct Accommodation form, please choose the County your court proceeding or other court ser r r vice, pro g ram or activity covered by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act is in so we can route your request to the appropriate contact: Ch ar l otte Count y h ttp://www.ca.c j is20.or g /home/main/adare g uest.asp C ollier Count y h ttp://www.ca.c j is20.or g /home/main/adare g uest.asp Hendry Count y h ttp://www.ca.c j is20.or g /home/main/adare g uest.asp Gl a d es County h ttp://www.ca.c j is20.or g /home/main/adare g uest.asp W ITNESS my hand on 24th day of September, 2018. J. B e vi s D eputy Clerk of Court Hendry County 2 90351 CN 10/3,10/2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT I N AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA C ASE NO.: 201 8 CA000206 SEAC O AST NATI O NAL BANK, SUCCESS O R BY MERGER T O BIG LAKE NATIONAL BANK Plaintiff v s THE UNKNOWN HEIRS BENEFICIARIES AND DEVISEES AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY THROUGH UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF YOUNG RUCKS DECEASED ; LINDA SUE RUCKS ; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LINDA SUE RUCKS ; PNC BANK NA SUCCESSOR BY MERGER T O NATIONAL CITY BANK ; UNKNOWN TENANT 1 ; UNKNOWN TENANT 2 ; and ANY OTHERS CLAIMING BY AND THROUGH THE ABOVE MENTI O NED E DEFENDANT S De f en da nts. NO TI C E O F A C TI O N T o : UNKNOWN HEIRS BENEFICIARIES DEVISEES AND ALL OT H E R PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY THOUGH UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF YOUNG RUCKS DECEASED L ast Known Addresses: 2813 SE 19th Court Okeechobee FL 34974-631 2 Cu rrent A dd ress: U n k n o w n Y OU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose on the following property in O k eec h o b ee Count y F l ori d a : L ot 269, Treasure Island Unit No. 8, accordin g to the map or p lat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Pa g e(s) 91, of the Public Records of Okeechobee Count y Florida. A /K/A 2813 SE 19th Court Okeechobee FL 3497 4 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if an y within 30 da y s after the first p ublication on Gonano and Harrell, P laintiffs attorne y whose address is 1600 S. Federal Hw y ., Ste. 200, Ft. Pierce, F L 34950 and file the ori g inal with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise, a default will be entered a g ainst y ou for the relief demanded in the Com p laint or p etition. WITNESS m y hand and seal of this court on the 27th da y of Se p tember, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON CLERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU RT BY: Arlene Neali s As De p ut y Cler k Go n a n o a n d H a rrell 1600 S. Federal Hw y Ste. 200, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 **S ee th e Am e ri ca n s with Di sa biliti es A c t It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to p rovide reasonable accommodations when requested by qualified persons with dis s s abilities. If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an acco m modation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facilit y y ou are entitled, at no cost to y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; ( 772 ) 807-4370; 1 -800-9558771, if you are hearin g or voice impaired. 290638 ON 10/3,10/201 8 FLORIDA PACE FUNDING AGENCY N O TI C E O F INTENT T O USE UNIF O RM METH O D OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENT S The Board of Directors (the ÂBoardÂŽ) of the Florida PACE Fundin g A g ency, a public body corporate and politic (the ÂAgencyÂŽ), hereby provides notice, pur r r suant to Sections 163.08 ( 2 ) ( 3 ) an d ( 4 ) an d 197.3632 ( 3 )( a ) F l ori d a Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assess s s m ents for more than one y ear to be levied within the area encom p assed b y the boundaries of ever y count y in Florida, or an y of the munici p alities therein, subscribin g to or served by the A g encyÂs statewide provision of fundin g and financing to construct or pay for energy conservation and efficiency improve e e m ents, renewa bl e ener g y improvements an d win d resistance improvements i n accordance with Section 163.08, Florida Statutes (collectively, the ÂQualifyin g I mprovementsÂŽ). By law and resolution of the A g ency, a property owner may apply to the Agency for funding and financing of a Qualifying Improvement. The n on-ad valorem assessments contemplated by this notice are voluntary and are on l y impose d b y t h e Agency wit h t h e prior written consent aut h orize d b y or on b ehalf of affected property owners who determine to obtain financin g for Qua l i fyin g Improvements from the A g ency. The A g ency is authorized by law to fund and finance Qualifying Improvements and is required to annually collect repay y y m ent b y non-ad valorem assessments. The Board will consider the ado p tion o f a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearin g to be h eld at 1:00 p.m. on October 30, 2018, at the River to Sea Transportation Plan n ing Organization Executive Con f erence Room, 2570 W International Speed wa y Boulevard, Suite 100, Da y tona Beach, Florida. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the r eal property that may be subject to the levy Â… which is the entirety of the State of Florida. Co p ies of the p ro p osed form of resolution are on file at the office of Counterpointe Energy Solutions (FL) LLC, Third Party Administrator for the Flor r r i da PACE Fundin g A g ency, 2600 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 163, Maitland, F lorida 32751 email: email@example.com g@p All interested p ersons are i nvited to present oral comments at the public hearing and/or submit written c o mments t o the B oa r d a t the abo ve add ress. Written c o mments sh ou l d b e r eceived by the A g ency on or be f ore October 29, 2018. Any persons desirin g to p resent oral comments should appear at the public hearing In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with re e e spect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the refer r r enced public hearing, a record o f the proceeding may be needed and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record o f the public h earin g is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which t h e appea l is to b e b ase d. I n accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act o f 1990 and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommo o o d ation to participate in suc h pu bl ic h earing s h ou ld contact t h e River to Sea Transportation Plannin g Or g anization at (386) 226-0422 at least f orty-ei g ht (48) h ours prior to the date o f the public hearing. B y Order of the Board of Directors of Florida PACE Fundin g A g ency on Au g ust 1 4 201 8 2 87425 ON/GCD/CN 9/19,26;10/3,10/2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE FAMILY CO UR T S E CO ND JUDI C IAL C IR C UI T Case No. 1 8 -DR-06-16 8 SUMM O NS, N O TI C E O F HEARIN G N O N EMER G EN C Y REM O VAL HEARIN G S TATE O F S OU TH CAR O LIN A CO UNTY O F BARNWEL L S outh Carolina Department o f Social Services Plainti ff vs. S hirley Bel l Vivian T h urmon d J o h n Doe De f endants I N THE INTERESTS O F: M a l e c h i ld b orn in 2004 F ema l e c h i ld bo rn is 200 6 TO: S h ir l e y Be ll YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Summons, No o t ice o f Hearing, Complaint in and to the minor child in this action, the original o f which has been f iled in the Barnwell County O ff ice o f the Clerk o f Court at 141 Main St., Barnwe ll SC 29812, o n August 22, 2018 a copy of which will 8 b e delivered to you upon request; and to serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the attorney, Patrick McWilliams, for the Plaintiff at Post Office Drawer 1306, Barnwell, SC 29812, within thirty (30) days following the date o f service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer t he complaint within the time stated, the Plainti ff will apply f or judgment by de f ault against the De f endant f or the relie f demanded in the complaint. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you have the right to be present and represent t t ed by an attorney. I f you cannot a ff ord an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney to represent you. It is your responsi b i l ity to contact t h e Barnwe ll C ounty Clerk o f CourtÂs O ff ice, 141 Main St., Barnwell, SC 29812, to apply f or appointment o f an attorney to represent you i f you cannot a ff ord an attorney (take all o f these papers with you i f you apply). YOU MUST APPLY FOR THE APP O INTMENT O F AN ATT O RNEY IMMEDIATELY. IF Y O U D O N O T APPLY F OR AN ATT O RNEY WITHIN THIRTY DAYS O F RECEIPT O F THE C O MPLAINT, AN ATT O RNEY WIL L NOT BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. T YOU ARE F U RTHER N O TIFIED t ha t a NON-EMERGENCY REMOV V V AL MERITS HEARING will be held in this matter on G DECEMBER 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. p at the Barnwell County Courthouse located at 141 Main St., Barn well, SC 29812. You should attend this hearing. If you do not attend, the relie f sou gh t may b e g rante d in your a b sence. 287153 SUN 9 / 19,26;10 / 3 / 201 8 IN THE C IR C UIT CO URT O F THE NINETEENTH JUDI C IAL C IR C UIT I N AND F O R O KEE C H O BEE CO UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE NO.: 201 8 CA000131 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK Plaintiff v s THE UNKNOWN HEIRS BENEFICIARIES AND DEVISEES AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY THROUGH UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF CHARLES D. GODWIN DECEASED ; KIPPY S. GODWIN ; SUNSE T STRIP AIRPARK PROPERTY OWNERSÂ ASSOCIATION INC. ; and ANY OTHERS C LAIMING BY AND THROUGH THE ABOVE-MENTIONED DEFENDANTS De f en da nts NO TICE O F ACTI ON T o : THE UNKNOWN HEIRS BENEFICIARIES AND DEVISEES AND A LL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY THROUGH U NDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF CHARLES D. GODWIN DE C EASED Last Known Addresses: 7 053 SW 13th Street Okeechobee FL 34974 C urrent A dd ress: Un k now n YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose on the followin g property in O keechobee County, Florida: Lot 22, Sunset Strip Airpark, accordin g to the map or plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Pa g e(s) 23 and 24, inclusive, of the Public R ecords of Okeechobee Count y Florida. A /K/A 7053 SW 13th Street Okeechobee FL 3497 4 h as been filed a g ainst you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, within 30 days after the first publication on Gonano and Harrell, PlaintiffÂs attorne y whose address is 1600 S. Federal Hw y ., Ste. 200, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 and file the ori g inal with this Court either before service on PlaintiffÂs attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise, a default will be entered a g ainst y ou for the relief demanded in the Com p laint or p etition. WITNESS m y hand and seal of this court on the 27th da y of Se p tember, 2018. SHAR O N R O BERTS ON C LERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU R T BY: Arlene Ne a li s A s De p ut y Cler k Go n a n o a n d H a rre ll 1600 S. Federal Hw y Ste. 200, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 **S ee th e Am e ri ca n s with Di sa biliti es A c t I t is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to p rovide reasonable accommodations when requested by qualified persons with dis s s abilities. If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an acco m m o d ation to participate in a court procee d ing or access to a court f acilit y y ou are entitled, at no cost to y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Countr y C lub Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; ( 772 ) 807-4370; 1-800-9558771, if you are hearin g or voice impaired. 2 90633 ON 10/3 10/2018 NO TICE O F AVAILABILITY O F HENDRY C OU NTY R EAL ESTATE F O R SALE Hendry County hereby provides notice that the following parcels of land o wned by the County are available f or sale and the County is receiving o ff ers: A dd res s Pa rcel I.D. 7582 15t h P l ace W h ee l er 1 -2 8 -44-1 8 -A00-0014.0000 7860 22nd Terrace Wheeler 1 -2 8 -44-06-A00-0065.0000 7572 18t h Terrace W h ee l er 1 -2 8 -44-07-A00-0006.0000 Interested persons should contact Terri Banky, Belle Realty Company, (863) 6 75-7522 or terri@ b e ll erea l ty.com 2 90871 CN 10 / 3 CB 10 / 4 / 2018 P U BLIC N O TIC E The Heartland Re g ional Transportation Plannin g Or g anization (HRTPO), an n ounces a regularly scheduled meeting of the Local Coordinating Board (LCB) f or the Transportation Disadvanta g ed pro g ram servin g Glades and Hendry Counties, to which all persons are invited. The meeting will be held on Wednes s s da y October 24, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the RCMA Â… Krome Center, 551 W. C owboy Way, LaBelle, FL. For a copy of the a g enda, additional information, or assistance with transportation to the meeting, please contact Marybeth Soder r r strom by calling 863-534-7130, ext. 134 or visi t www.heartlandregionaltpo.org. gpg Public participation is solicited without re g ard to race, color, national ori g in, a g e, sex, religion, disability, income, or family status. Persons who require special ac c c commodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the HRTPO Title VI/Nondis s s crimination Coordinator, Mar y beth Soderstrom, 863-534-7130, extension 134 (voice), or via Florida Relay Service 711, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org g at least three business da y s p rior to the event 29065 8 C N 10 / 03 / 201 8 Public Notice L E G AL N O TI C E Pu bl ic Auction wi ll b e h e ld at Jo h ns Towing Service storage l o t l o c a te d a t 7 0 4 N o rthe a st 2nd Avenue Okeechobee Florida 34972 on OCT O BER 26, 201 8 at 9:00 A.M. P u rs ua nt t o Fl o ri da St a t u te 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage c h arges. Year, ma k e, model and VIN are as f ollows 200 4 MITSUBISHI O UTLANDE R VIN#JA4LX41F54U04807 2 2000 C HEVY C AVALIER VIN#1G1JC5 2 41Y74556 06 2002 F O RD F OC U S V IN#1FAFP33P32W350 8 43 199 8 CHEVY CAVALIER VIN#1G1JF5243W717970 8 Terms of sale are cash and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right o f NAL! N O REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Sai d automo b i l es wi ll b e so ld in Â As Is ÂŽ con d ition wit h no guarantee Â s 290823 ON 10 / 03 / 201 8 NO TI C E O F SALE Rainbow Title & Lien Inc. will se ll at Pu bl ic Sa l e at Auction the following vehicles to sa t is f y lien pursuant to Chapter 713.5 8 5 o f the Florida Sta t ues on 10 / 25 / 2018 at 10 A.M *A U CTI O N WILL O CC UR WHERE EA C H VEHI C LE IS LOCATED* 20 17 K a w k VIN#JKBRTC G 11HB 503363 A mount: $ 3,700.93 A lt. 4422 Hw y 441 N, OKEECHOBEE FL 34974 A ny person (s) claiming any interest ( s ) in t h e a b ove ve hi c l es c o nt a ct: RAINB O W TITLE & LIEN, INC. 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October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 21 Administration of Estates Administration of Estates IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT F OR O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA PR O BATE DIVISI O N File N o 18-167 CP IN RE: Est a te of PAUL EUGENE BESAW, Dece a se d N O TICE T O CREDIT O R S TO ALL PERS O NS HAVING CLAIMS O R DEMANDS AGAINST THE AB O VE ES TATE: T he administration of the estate of PAUL EUGENE BESAW, deceased, File N umber 18-167 CP, is pendin g in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, F lorida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, F L 3 497 2 The names and addresses of the p ersonal re p resentative and the p ersonal re p resentativeÂ’s attorne y are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons havin g claims or demands a g ainst decedentÂ’s estate, includin g unmatured, contin g ent or unliquidated claims, on whom a co py of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first p ublication of this notice must file their claims with the Court W ITHIN THE LATER O F THREE M O NTHS AFTER THE DATE O F THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER R R VICE O F A C O PY O F THIS N O TICE O N THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons havin g claims or demands against the decedentÂ’s estate, including unmatured, contingent and unliquidat t t ed claims, must file their claims with the court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER T HE DATE O F THE FIRST P U BLICATI O N O F THIS N O TICE. ALL CLAIMS N O T S O FILED WILL BE F O REVER BARRED. The date of first p ublication of this Notice is October 3rd, 2018. P ersonal Re p resentative: S ANDRA BE S AW PA C K 430 11th L a ne S W Vero Beach, FL 3296 2 FREDERICK G S U NDHEIM JR. Attorne y for Personal Re p resentative: O UGHTERS O N, SUNDHEIM & ASS O C., P.A. 6 12 SE Central Parkwa y Stuart, Florida 3499 4 T ele p hone: ( 772 ) 287-0660 Florida Bar No.: 158670 290886 ON 10/3,10/2018 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY C OU NTY N O TICE O F P U BLIC HEARIN G T O C O NSIDE R A D O PTI O N O F AN O RDINANCE RELATIN G T O EC O N O MIC DEVEL O PMENT AD VAL O REM TAX EXEMPTI O NS N otice is hereby g iven that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners w ill hold a Public Hearin g on October 23, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at the Hendry Count y Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 East Hick p ochee Avenue, L a B elle, Florida, to consider an ordinance relatin g to economic development ad v alorem tax exem p tions entitled as follows: A N O RDINANCE O F THE B O ARD O F C OU NTY C O MMISSI O NERS O F HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA, AMENDING THE HENDRY C O UN TY C O DE O F O RDINANCES, CHAPTER 1-2, ARTICLE VIII, EC O N O M IC DEVEL O PMENT AD VAL O REM TAX EXEMPTI O N, SPECIFICALLY S ECTI O N 1-2-112, ENACTMENT AUTH O RITY; PR O VIDING F OR S EVERABILITY; PR O VIDING F O R C O NFLICTS O F LAW; PR O VI D ING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERÂ’S ERR O RS; AND PR O VIDING F O R AN EFFECTIVE DATE. T he meetin g is open to the public. All interested persons may appear and be heard with res p ect to the p ro p osed ordinance. If a p erson decides to a pp eal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any mat t t ter discussed at such meetin g he/she will need a record of the proceedin g s, and that, for such p ur p ose, he/she ma y need to ensure that a verbatim record o f the proceedin g s is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence up on which the a pp eal is to be based. A co py of the p ro p osed ordinance is available for ins p ection on weekda y s between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p .m. at the Office of the Count y Attorne y 110 Broward Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. If y ou have a disabilit y that will re q uire s p ecial assistance or accommodation for y our attendance at the meetin g please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearin g Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha. daniels@hendr y fla.net. H endr y Count y is an e q ual o pp ortunit y p rovider and em p lo y er. S i necesita la assistencia de un inter p rete q ue hable es p anol p ara p artici p ar u n esta reunion, por favor pon g ase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 6 7 5 52 4 0 290714 CN 10 / 03 / CB 10 / 04 / 2018 P U BLIC N O TIC E CO DE ENF O RCEMENT B O ARD MEETIN G N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforce e e ment Board (CEB) will conduct a re g ular meetin g o n Tues., October 9, 2018, 6 : 3 0 PM, o r as soon thereafter as p ossible, at Cit y Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The public is invited and encoura g ed to attend. The a g enda may be obtained from cityofokeechobee.com or by calling the Code Enforce e e ment Office, 863-763-9795. ANY PERS O N DECIDIN G T O APPEA L any decision made by the CEB L w ith respect to any matter considered at this meetin g will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimo o o n y and evidence u p on which the a pp eal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) an y p erson with a disabilit y as defined b y the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceedin g contact the Fire De p artment no later than two business da y s p rior to p roceed i n g 863-763-9795. BE ADVI S E D that should y ou intend to show an y document, p icture, video or i tems to the CEB in support or opposition to any item on the a g enda, a copy o f the document, p icture, video, or item must be p rovided to the Board Secretar y for the Cit y Â’s records. 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22 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 By Richard MarionLake Okeechobee News BELLE GLADE Â„ For the third time in a year, the Moore Haven Terriers beat their rival, the Glades Day Gators, this time w inning in Belle Glade in front of a packed Glades Day crowd. In w hat seems to be a trend when the Terriers and Gators play each other, the game was a nail-biter that came down to the Â“nal minutes. Moore Haven was able come out on top 22-21. The victory makes this the Â“rst time the Terrier football program has beaten the Gators at Glades Day High School in 20 years, and brings Moore HavenÂs record to 3-1 this season. Terriers head coach Max Manin is thankful to come away with the win after another close game, even though these last-minute thrillers might have taken a few y ears off his life. ÂDeÂ“nitely have a little bit less hair now,ÂŽ said Manin with a laugh. ÂThe toughest thing about it is, when we look at these games, a lot of it is just self-inÂ”icted w ounds. WeÂre making penalties and fum bling the football. The glass-half-full view of that is that you have a team that can Â“ght and battle no matter if theyÂre up or down. I donÂt think weÂve reached anywhere close to our potential, and the kids realize that, too. They realize weÂre not playing as well as we could be. The good news is that we have another Friday to play and get better.ÂŽ The game started in a similar fashion to the playoff game the Terriers and Gators played back on Nov. 10 of 2017. Both games saw the Gators get out to an early lead against Moore Haven, and both games saw the Terriers battle back and ultimately come away with the win. ÂWe just hung with them,ÂŽ said Manin. ÂItÂs easy to be on the side that goes up 14-0 early in the game and then go on to win. But to be down in points on your rivalÂs Â“eld and to come back and win is crazy. So proud of the team.ÂŽ Despite giving up their early lead, the Gators actually had a chance to win the game in the Â“nal seconds. The Glades Day offense marched down the Â“eld and set up for what wouldÂve been a game-winning Â“eld goal, but Gators senior kicker Lyn CastanedaÂs attempt sailed wide right. It was reminiscent of Moore HavenÂs game against Neumann on Sept. 14 when the Terriers lost 21-20 on an extra point attempt in overtime. Manin says his team much prefers to be on this side of the heartbreaking last-minute missed kicks as opposed to what happened in the Neumann game. Next the Terriers will have their homecoming game against the Southwest Florida Christian Kings on Oct. 5. The Kings come into Moore Haven with a 1-5 record. But just beyond Southwest Florida Christian sit the currently 5-1 Oasis Sharks, who have completely turned around their football program after going 0-11 in 2017. The Terriers will have to keep their eyes on Southwest and not overlook them for the talented Sharks team lurking around the corner. ÂThe thing is weÂre still not playing great football,ÂŽ explained Manin. ÂIÂve told the team that weÂre Â“ve or six weeks into this and we still havenÂt played a full, complete football game yet. No matter who is across from us, we control if we have false starts and we control if we fumble the football. Oasis is a really good team, so I want them to look at the Â“lm from the Southwest Florida Christian game and know that theyÂre going to be facing a good team.ÂŽ The Terriers will celebrate homecoming and take on Southwest Florida Christian at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at Joe Brown Stadium in Moore Haven. 800.763.2114St. Lic. #CMCO54668Refrigeration ~ AC ~ Ice MachinesServing the Lake Okeechobee Region Since 1929 CarrierJim and Monica McCarthy Clark Terriers take a bite out of the Gators ... again Lake Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionThe Moore Haven Terriers seem to have the Glades Day GatorsÂ number, as theyÂve managed to beat them three times in a row.
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 23 By Richard MarionLake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE Â„ Okeechobee High School junior Ashley Snyder is this weekÂs Big Lake Athlete of the Week for her performance in a stretch of three games the Lady Brahmans volleyball team played from Sept. 25 through Sept. 29. The Lady Brahmans played Heritage, Port St. Lucie and Sebastian River in that timespan and went 3-0 in those games. Snyder plays in the important position of libero for the Lady Brahmans. The libero is a defensive specialist position in the game of indoor volleyball and remains in the game at all times. She is the only player who is not limited by the regular rules of rotation, never rotating to the front row like other players. The libero is responsible for a great deal of the passing in serve-receive situations, and players at this position need to possess good passing skills, good digging ability, quickness and, perhaps most important, consistency. Snyder was consistent as ever in the three games the Lady Brahmans played last week. She had a total of 39 digs across three games with a high of 14 against Port St. Lucie. In v olleyball, a dig is a defensive move employed to keep the ball from hitting the Â”oor after an opponent makes a hard downward hit. She also had a total of 91 serves received with the highest coming, once again, against Port St. Lucie with 44. Snyder is currently a junior on a team that is stacked with freshman players. Her position as a libero means she is responsible for a much greater part of the court than the other members of the team. She is in the game to help the Lady Brahmans control the ball, so her main responsibility is to pass the ball well so the team can run properly run the offense. In that role she wonÂt have the same amount of kills as some of the other players w ho are attacking the ball, but Snyder is still a crucial element in making sure the team is successful. And it appears Snyder has been crucial in making the team more successful this year than last year, despite its youth and inexperience. At this point in the season last year the Lady Brahmans had won only two games out of 12; so far this year, Okeechobee has won eight out of its 15 games. Snyder will have a chance to help the Lady Brahmans Â“nish their regular season with three straight wins when Okeechobee takes on Lincoln Park Academy, Port St. Lucie and Clewiston in the coming weeks. The Lady Brahmans have already beaten all three teams earlier in their season. If you have someone youÂd like to nominate for Big Lake Athlete of the Week, email L ake Okeechobee News sports reporter Richard Marion at firstname.lastname@example.org. PINK WARRIORS WALK 2018 5K WALK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL WOMEN'S BREAST HEALTH SATURDAY 20 OCT 2018 TO REGISTER CALL: 863-983-2735SUGAR FESTIVAL FIELD 7:00AM REGISTRATION 9:00AM WALK Central FloridaÂs largest authentic old time Â” ea marketOver 150 year round vendors on 22 acresCar Show Sunday, Oct. 28th3600 Hwy 441 S across from Publix between Gilbert Chevrolet & KOA Look for The Big ÂOÂŽ signFor more info, call (863) 467-6639 or email bigoÂ” email@example.comFamily fun shopping extravaganza ItÂs a new treasure hunt each week! 4 restaurants Â€ 3 concession stands Covered table rentals availableHoliday Craft Show Dec. 1st & 2ndCraft vendors, reserve your tables early! Golf Tournament to Support The ...RoundupOkeechobee BloodPRIZES FOOD DRINK FUN WHEN: Saturday, October 13th, 2018 WHERE: Indianwood Golf & Country Club TIME: Shotgun Start at 8:30 a.m. 4person teams Â• Lunch provided Call Joan at 763-2971 Big Lake Athlete of the Week: Ashley Snyder g h School junior A shle y o f th e We ek f or h er p er fo r
24 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun October 3, 2018 Serving Clewiston, Harlem, LaBelle, Moore Haven, South Bay, Belle Glade, Pahokee, Lakeport, Immokalee, Port LaBelle and Okeechobee Â•Stoppages Â•water heaters Â•main water supply Â•re-pipe Â•New Construction Â•leak detection Â•drain locator Â•jettingÂ’ sewer video and more...Call Eddie 863-233-3207Se Hablo EspaolLicensed & insured CFC 1429320 Tree Trimming & Removal Debris Removal & Hauling Â• Bobcat Services Mike Owner/Operator Email: Mike@xpsinc.com PROPERTY SERVICES, INC. 863.634.7512 Hoss Hoss CARPORTS, SCREEN ROOMS & MORE! ALUMINUM LLC (863) 634-7442 (863) 634-7442 Lic# OCSL 1583-01INSURED By Chris FelkerLake Okeechobee News BELLE GLADE Â„ An injured German shepherd was rescued from drowning here last week, thanks to a sharp-eyed Farm Credit employee who glimpsed the dog clinging to a canal bank while he was driving home from his job in Okeechobee. Ben Morris called his wife and raced home to get her, then got a hand from two W edgworth employees working nearby in pulling the limp dog out of the water on W ednesday evening, Sept. 19. The German shepherd, which Mr. MorrisÂs toddler son dubbed ÂAceÂŽ after BatmanÂs superdog, is now recovering at the familyÂs home there after an Okeechobee veterinarian stepped up to put his injured hip back in place. ÂAll the canal systems there in Belle Glade run right through town, and I was turning onto the street we live on (and) noticed this German shepherd in the canal, in the shallow part of it, but he was not making any effort to try to get out,ÂŽ Mr. Morris related. ÂIt looked like it was in distress, so I w ent home and picked Katie up and then w e drove back, and sure enough the dog w as stuck in the canal and couldnÂt get out because, when we were able to get it out, w e realized it had a dislocated hip, whether from abuse or getting hit by a car.ÂŽ They took him home, noticing no tags on him, signs of malnourishment and indications of being out loose for some time, w ith insect bites and scarring on his ears. ÂHe was very lethargic ... then slowly but surely, after getting some water and food in him, he started to show some energy.ÂŽ They kept him separated from their own three dogs for several days, thinking he could be carrying some contagious malady, and their 3-year-old son James took a liking to him. A big Batman fan, Mr. Morris said, ÂJames saw the Lego Batman episode where Batman has a super-pet and his name is Ace, so our son wanted to call him Ace.ÂŽ The Morrises, who also have an infant daughter, approached several animal rescues in Palm Beach County but had no luck getting assistance, but they did get his shots updated in the process and learned he had heartworms, too. Then they tried Okeechobee. ÂThe staff at Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital were by far the nicest, most approachable and the most willing to help us with our situation with Â“nding Ace and trying to nurse him back to health,ÂŽ Ben explained. ÂAfter a few days of having him in our house, we were able to schedule and get him to Okeechobee, where Dr. Andrew Gilliland whoÂs on staff there checked him out, and he was great, really helped us out and decided what was best for Ace.ÂŽ On Monday, Dr. Gilliland and the OVH staff Âwere able to pop his hip back in place without needing surgery, and he is there at the moment, under their supervision, making sure that his hip will indeed stay in place,ÂŽ he said. The Morrises were to pick him up last Thursday and planned to keep him until heÂs healthy again, or his owner claims him. ÂHeÂs neutered, so somebody at some point had to have owned him. He seems to be house-trained, listens fairly well and has gotten to the point now where, when we pet him, he wants to lick our hands and lick us. So heÂs come a long way in a weekÂs time.ÂŽ But theyÂve ruled out taking him to the county, where if no one claimed him or he wasnÂt taken by a rescue within two weeks Â„ and theyÂve already made the rounds Â„ Ace would have to be put down. ÂWell, that broke our heart, and we decided that we would Âƒ keep him in hopes of Â“nding him a new home. Technically, on paper, we adopted him from PBC Animal Control.ÂŽ The vets estimated Ace is 5 or 6. Said Mr. Morris, ÂHeÂs a beautiful dog, so if thereÂs a family out there ... ÂŽ Ace will be grateful because he already knows heÂs a lucky dog. Rescued German shepherd in young familyÂs care Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy of Morris familyThe dog, which Mr. MorrisÂs son James named ÂAceÂŽ after BatmanÂs superdog, rests in the back of the MorrisesÂ vehicle after they rescued the lethargic German shepherd from drowning. Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy of Morris familyBen Morris (top) receives help from Wedgworth workers Garret Collier (green shirt) and Luis Ruiz (blue shirt) as they pull the injured German shepherd out of the canal in Belle Glade.
October 3, 2018 Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoClewiston students tour train engineCLEWISTON Â„ Clewiston Central Elementary School Pre-K wants to send a huge thank-you to the United States Sugar Company and the South Central Florida Express for allowing them to visit on Friday, Sept. 28. The students were given a tour of the train engine and shown, Â“rsthand, what it takes to drive the powerful train. Some of the students have decided they are going to be conductors in the future! For Clewiston, this Âtrash talkingÂ wonÂt be any funBy Chris FelkerLake Okeechobee News CLEWISTON Â„ City commissioners have put off raising ClewistonÂs gabage collection fee until they can talk about other possible options at their Oct. 15 meeting, saying they didnÂt want to go ahead and impose the hefty proposed increase on top of a 5 percent boost in the cityÂs property tax rate. Now, the matter will come up for discussion again after more information is presented on the $11-a-month jump that city staff w as seeking beginning in January 2019. The commissioners, who approved the increase from $19.95 a month to $30.95 earlier last month, tabled the matter Sept. 24 and asked City Manager Al Perry and staff to take a more in-depth look at what can be done, if anything, to soften the Â“nancial blow. When Mayor Mali Gardner brought up the resolution for second reading that Monday night, Commissioner Julio Rodriguez said: ÂThe motion IÂd like to make is that I think we ought to ... do some more research and table the item at this time. IÂm not ready to raise rates 40 percent tonight.ÂŽ Commissioner Phillip Roland corrected him, saying, ÂFifty-Â“ve percent.ÂŽ ÂAnd I donÂt believe any of us are,ÂŽ answered Mayor Gardner, noting that staff had presented a Â“ve-year rate study by the Lee County Solid Waste Authority showing that with the scheduled January 2019 hike, its rates will have increased by 71 percent since 2016. ÂI agree that thereÂs still some unanswered questions,ÂŽ she said. ÂIn fact, when is the countyÂs contract up with Lee County? We pay a tonnage fee, a pass-through rate to Hendry County, and I just wanted to ... have more discussions with the county. I know staff has already gone over for one meeting with the county on this, and Lee County, but I think thereÂs additional discussions we need to have with the county before we make any Â“nal decisions on this,ÂŽ she explained. Although the Â“scal 2019 budget is balanced using the old fee, staff know costs are going to jump substantially. ÂThe fees go up in January with Lee County, and we need to make a decision over the next month,ÂŽ the mayor said. Mr. Rodriguez asked about Lee making money from the cityÂs garbage, saying he thought it was burned partly to produce electricity. Finance Director Shari Howell conÂ“rmed that was stated in the staffÂs meetings with Lee and Hendry (with which the city has a contract to dispose of its garbage). ÂThey do generate power with that and they do sell this power when they burn the garbage, but itÂs not as lucrative as it once was,ÂŽ she said. Commissioner Rodriguez declared: ÂLee CountyÂs almost putting us out of business. They make money off of our trash and theyÂre increasing our rates yearly. I mean, we canÂt continue passing these increases to our citizens. Thirty dollars a month for a garbage rate to me is a little on the high side.ÂŽ ÂVery,ÂŽ agreed the mayor. ÂBut our contract is with Hendry County. Their rate is lower. IÂm sure in January thereÂs going to have to be some changes made when the tonnage rate goes up.ÂŽ Ms. Howell said that the Lee SWA charges a $5 per ton surcharge for ClewistonÂs waste that is returned to Hendry County for its solid waste capital fund and used only for landÂ“ll expenses. Commissioner Roland said: ÂI think that we need to talk to Hendry County Â“rst. WeÂre See TRASH Â„ Page 2
2B Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun October 3, 2018 paying more than I think the City of LaBelle pays, but I do realize and we have to realize weÂre 30 miles farther than LaBelle is.ÂŽ Mayor Gardner noted that the City of LaBelle does not have its own trucks for garbage pickup while Clewiston does. ÂSo those are some of the questions that we have to look at. And also, I know that itÂs been recommended to look at once-a-week pickup. Do we continue with twice a week? Do we look at other options? You know, youÂre absolutely right. The conversation needs to be had with Hendry County of what other options we have,ÂŽ she said. Mr. Rodriguez said the city should consider negotiating its own deal. ÂObviously, going through the county, weÂre not getting any special breaks on prices. Is the county (Hendry) Â“ghting for us? Because weÂre piggybacking off of them.ÂŽ City Manager Perry answered, ÂThey were at the table with us when we met with Lee County and theyÂre as concerned as we are.ÂŽ But, he noted, Hendry raised its rates last year and is not doing so this year. Mayor Gardner summed up: ÂSo I think those are all good conversations that we need to have with the county. Well, staff, Â“rst of all, needs to have some additional conversations with Hendry and with Lee county, and we need to look at all our options and see what needs to be done going forward.ÂŽ The council voted 4-0 with Commissioner Kristine Petersen absent to table the discussion.ATTENTION BELLE GLADE RESIDENTS The City of Belle Glade Parks & Recreation Department will hold two public meetings regarding the proposal to demolish and construct a new Lake Shore Pool. The meetings will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Lois D. Lewis/Mary O. Evans Resource Center located at 1224 SW Avenue E Place and Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. at City Hall Commission Chamber located at 110 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. The purpose of the Public Meetings is to present the proposed project to the public and to allow public comments to provide suggestions on the design and use of the pool. The information from the meetings will be used to assist the City of Belle Glade Parks & Recreation Department in its attempt to acquire grant funds from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). The Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) is a competitive program which provides grants to local government entities for acquisition and development of land for public outdoor recreation use. All interested citizens are invited to attend either meeting. Both meetings will provide the same format, therefore attendance at both meetings is not necessary. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 561 996-0100 ext. 4146. Publish: Okeechobee Lake News, October 3, 2018 TRASHContinued From Page 1 Hendry commissioners will be Âtaking a drillÂ to code enforcementBy Chris FelkerLake Okeechobee News LABELLE Â„ Code enforcement has been a hot topic for continual discussion by the Hendry County commissioners all y ear, and they will be Âdrilling downÂŽ into it at more depth this month in hopes of setting some policies that will give their front-line staff more clout in getting blighted areas cleaned up. Commissioner Karson Turner has been adamant for some time both that the board keep close tabs on whatÂs being done to rein in continual violations and that commissioners act to make it more costly for scofÂ”aws to ignore enforcement actions by moving more quickly to foreclose on their properties. He contends that because the county has forgiven or slashed accumulated property liens in a few cases, code enforcement citations donÂt carry much weight with some residents. So at their last meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 25, Mr. Turner pushed the matter further w hen the board heard a report from County Attorney Mark Lapp about the mounting collection of liens, which number 184 from January 2014 through August 2018, on 81 separate properties in Hendry County. Mr. Lapp categorized them as being in two distinct groups: 13 tracts with liens totaling between $3,360 and $6,395 each, and 68 with liens totaling between $50 and $1,027; or, Âlower-value liensÂŽ mostly for grass-mowing violations and Âhigher-value liensÂŽ for building demolitions and more extensive violations, often including mowing. The attorney estimated that hard costs just to Â“le foreclosures and take them through to judicial sale on the 81 cases w ould be almost $1 million, not even including his or a private attorneyÂs time to handle the cases. He also said there are more, which are older than Â“ve years, but that the county w ould be unlikely to win foreclosures on them because of a Â“ve-year statute of limitations. ÂSo it seems like we ought to focus on the ones that are less than Â“ve years,ÂŽ Mr. Lapp said. ÂIn my opinion,ÂŽ he added, ÂitÂs not w orth the effort to do a foreclosure for lower dollar amounts like that. The higher dollar amount ones, thereÂs 13, and eight of those we hold tax certiÂ“cates more than two years old, so to me, thatÂs a more efÂ“cient, less expensive way of getting ownership. The point of foreclosure is to get ownership, and then to sell and pay y ourself back.ÂŽ ÂI fundamentally disagree with that,ÂŽ Mr. Turner interrupted, and his voice rose in volume as he went on. ÂI think thatÂs a b yp roduct of the p rocess but m y desire for this process to be enforced is so that we can give code enforcement teeth ... and, more importantly, the constituents to understand that thereÂs teeth in a code enforcement violation, that lien process and all of that. I think that it better serves the county and weÂll ... Â“nd more compliance. ÂI have a number of questions,ÂŽ he said, going on to explain to fellow commissioners that he believes Âwe should have a process that says thereÂs a time thresholdÂŽ for foreclosure and, further, that the county should hire a private law Â“rm to pursue those actions.Turner calls process a ÂpuntÂÂThe tax deed process is a punt, to me,ÂŽ he said. ÂBlight affects everything, and the code enforcement process can be a tool to deal with blight. And we have Â„ in my opinion; you all may disagree Â„ we have more blight that is being developed than we do solid, middle-class homes. ThatÂs a very doom-and-gloom statement, but thatÂs what I feel.ÂŽ Mr. Turner apologized for getting excited and said he wanted to return to the topic, but the board had several scheduled public hearings to take care of Â“rst. When commissioners came back to it, he had left the room. County Board Chairman Mitchell Wills asked, ÂAre we going to rehash that?ÂŽ and Commissioner Michael Swindle replied, ÂOh, letÂs doÂŽ Â„ joking as Mr. Turner returned to his seat, ÂSomebody just made a motion to stop all code enforcement!ÂŽ The room erupted with laughter. Then Mr. Lapp asked, ÂWhat are we doing on code enforcement? You havenÂt given me any direction.ÂŽ ÂAnd look, I donÂt want to keep kicking the can,ÂŽ said Mr. Swindle. ÂI would love to give direction to Mr. Lapp and staff, or, set a time-certain date where weÂre going to come together and bring everybody and Jesus into the room and letÂs make something happen. ÂI think Commissioner Turner has thumped it enough,ÂŽ he continued, Âto where weÂre on board, we hear it, we see it, weÂre ready to do something about it, and that iron is hot. ItÂs time.ÂŽ Mr. Turner asked whether they wanted to have a speciÂ“c workshop on it. ÂI think we do,ÂŽ said Commissioner Darrell Harris. ÂWe need to do that,ÂŽ Mr. Wills said. ÂLetÂs talk about options,ÂŽ Commissioner Swindle urged, saying theyÂve covered a lot of background already. The commissioners agreed to make the topic an agenda item for their next meeting, and to hear members of the public who want about it as well. That meeting is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Clewiston City Hall. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News CLEWISTON Â„ Westside Elementary School plans the following: Yankee Candle Sales end on Oct. 10. Wear pink on each Friday in October for Breast Cancer awareness Oct. 1-19: Pennies for Patients Oct. 5: Heavenly Hat Day Oct. 8: Pajama Penny Day bring your pennies Oct. 9: Neon Nickel Day bring your nickels and wear neon Oct. 10: Dazzling Dime Day bring your dime and wear shiny/sparkle Oct. 11: Crazy Quarters Day bring your quarters and wear crazy socks Oct. 12: Tigers Team Up Day wear Tiger Spirit gear; end of Â“st nine weeks; Safet y Patrol is selling beads and tattoos; and earl y release at 11:15 a.m. Oct. 19: Report cards Oct. 22: Red Ribbon Week wear red Oct. 24: Red Ribbon Day No to Drugs! Oct. 26: Fall Event at 6 p.m. Oct. 29: Popcorn fundraiser begins Oct. 30: October Birthday Celebration during lunch Oct. 31: Community Leaders Day dress like your favorite leader. The Snack Shac k will be open. Westside Elementary School events
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun 3B HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PRELIMINARY PLAT APPLICATIONNotice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County will hold a public hearing on October 10 at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida, to consider the Preliminary Plat Application of Steven & Katherine Heintz for Liberty Shores (PL18-0001), a subdivision of a portion of Sections 11 and 12, Township 43 South, Range 28 East. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard at the public hearing with respect to the preliminary plat. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the application is available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department, by phone (863-675-5240), email (mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net), U. S. mail (P. O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Petition Number: PL18-0001 Applicant: Steven & Katherine Heintz (Liberty Shores Mini Home Community, Inc.); represented by H.L. Bennett, P.E., P.L.S. Project size: +/43.79 acres Location: 2865 CR 78, 1284311A000001.0200; 1284311A000001.0300; 1284312A000009.0000; 1284312A000018.0000; 1284312A000021.0100 see attached locator map Request: The applicant is seeking approval of a preliminary plat for a seventy-four lot single family and multi-family residential subdivision along with amenities with one shared driveway connection to CR 78. A irglades on track for construction to start in 2019 By Chris Felker Lake Okeechobee News CLEWISTON Â„ The Hendry County Board will learn from staff at one of its October meetings about a proposed contract for the project development and environ mental (PD&E) study on Airglades International AirportÂs planned new cargo facilities outside Clewiston. The Florida Department of Transportation is Â“nancing the preliminary engineering and design of AIAÂs Perishable Air Cargo Complex up to $1 million under the countyÂs joint participation agreement with the agency, according to the staff report. County commissioners selected the Â“rm of Crawford, Murphy & Tilly to do that work in May. Staff were to present the contract at the commissionersÂ meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the county court house in LaBelle, but the item was pulled. Meanwhile, several proposals have been received from global investment banking institutions interested in Â“nancing parts of the planned air cargo hub in Clewiston, according to Airglades International Airport LLC. An AIA spokesman called it Âa good problem to have,ÂŽ also reporting that the companyÂs president and CEO, Fred Ford, met in Washington on Aug. 7 with members of the Federal Aviation Adminis trationÂs pilot Airport Privatization Project team to review the status of the airportÂs application. Those documents were 70 percent complete, he said. The application already has been OKÂd by Hendry County, the state Department of Transportation and preliminarily by the FAA. ÂBoth parties came away with conÂ“dence that we can conclude the process by the end of the year,ÂŽ Mr. Ford was quoted as saying. ÂThe question now is how early next year construction will begin.ÂŽ The project includes construction and operation by a private developer of a new Perishable Air Cargo (PAC) complex includ ing a 10,000-foot runway plus parallel and connecting taxiways (which will require acquisition of about 226 acres), as well as these components: a PAC sorting and distri bution complex; new air cargo aircraft parking apron areas; establishment of on-site air cargo inspection services; installation of Category III Instrument Landing System and Approach Light System (ALS) to Runway 36 plus installation of an ALS to Runway 18; and modiÂ“cation to existing, and development of new, air trafÂ“c procedures and instrument approach procedures. The project also will see construction of other new airport infrastructure: maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities, including associated aircraft parking apron; warehouse and cargo sorting and distribution facilities; an aircraft rescue and Â“reÂ“ghting facility; an airport maintenance and ground support equipment facility; an air trafÂ“c control tower; fuel storage facilities, including above-ground storage tanks; a wastewater treatment facility; plus access roads and automobile and truck parking facilities. The proposed project also includes site improvements, including stormwater management facilities, installation of utilities and development of related infrastructure. The FAA accepted Hendry CountyÂs application to privatize this airport back in 2010, under a program established by Congress in 1997 to help generate access to private capital for airport improvement and development. Mr. Ford told the Clewiston Rotary Club during a talk in January that Airglades would be the Â“rst publicly owned airport in the United States to be converted under the program. Neighboring communities are looking forward to the potential boost for the regionÂs economy. ÂLike our Americas Gateway Logistics Center project here in Moore Haven,ÂŽ said Glades County Economic Development Council Director Tracy Whirls, Âthe Airglades International Airport project has the potential to be a catalyst for economic development in our region. ÂWith its emphasis on import and export of perishables, Airglades International will create a much-needed niche in the regional perishable supply chain network at the same time it reduces trafÂ“c congestion in Miami. It will also allow Miami International Airport to continue shifting their emphasis to lighter, more expensive and hence, more lucrative Âbelly freight,ÂŽ such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and electronics as they continue to expand their international commercial passenger service.ÂŽHurricane help still availableSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News CLEWISTON Â„ Over 85 people attended the Walk-In Centers to inquire about unmet needs in three days last week. The Â“nal three days of Walk-In Centers will be Thursday through Saturday. The Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition is partnering with World Renew to assess long-term recovery needs because of Irma. This is the Â“rst step in working with the families in Hendry and Glades counties to see that all available services have been applied for and that their long-term needs have been identiÂ“ed. The coalition is a community-based organization established after Hurricane Irma to help homeowners, renters and residents who are still struggling to recover. Visit any of the Walk-in Centers at these locations: Â€ Florida B. Thomas Library, 1010 J Harlem Academy Ave. in Clewiston, on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Â€ LaBelle United Way House, 133 N. Bridge St. in LaBelle, on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 5, 1-7 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Â€ Montura Ranch Estates Clubhouse, 255 N. Hacienda St. in Clewiston, on Friday, Oct. 5, from 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you couldnÂt go to the Walk-In Centers and you have unmet needs, please call 2-11 or 800-887-9234.
4B Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun October 3, 2018 VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Dr. John Hankins Independent-Fundamental King James Bible ~ Old fashioned Preaching Traditional Hymns Service Times Sunday School 10am Sunday Worship 11am Sunday Night 6pm Thursday Night Prayer & Bible Study 7pm For more information, please call 863-214-6121 www.victorybaptistclewiston.com 705 S. Olympia Street Clewiston, FL 33440Located in the center of Clewiston By Cathy WombleLake Okeechobee News Distracted driving is the third leading cause of motor vehicle-related deaths and, like the top two causes, is easily avoidable. The top cause is speeding, followed closely by drunken driving. The Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles reports that in 2017 in Florida alone, distracted driving caused 49,288 crashes, with 214 of those resulting in death. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there w ere 3,450 distraction-related fatalities in 2016 in the U.S., and AAA states that distracted driving accounts for 58 percent of all teen driving accidents. Sgt. Michael Hazellief, training and public relations supervisor for the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO), explains that these statistics may not be completely accurate because in cases where the driver is deceased, and there are no passengers, they would not necessarily investigate the phone records to see if the driver was using the phone. This is usually done only if there were other fatalities involved. Sgt. Hazellief teaches classes on distracted driving. He believes that driving is an awesome responsibility, and it is when w e lose that sense of awe that we begin to take driving for granted and begin to let our minds wander, he says. He shared that he is teaching his daughter to drive and although teaching new drivers can be nervew racking at times, it is also nice to see how careful they are, how responsibly they take their time behind the wheel. He explained that itÂs when we become complacent w ith mundane activities that we become distracted. The United States Department of Transportation deÂ“nes distracted driving as Âany activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on y our phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, Â“ddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system Â„ anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.ÂŽ Although all of these things cause distractions, the National Safety Council says the top distraction is cellphones, with approximately 481,000 drivers using cellphones while driving each day. Everywhere you look, people are on their cellphones from the minute they get up in the morning until they go to bed at night. Almost everyone has good intentions. No one sets out in his car thinking, ÂItÂs a great day for an accident today,ÂŽ but when that text alert comes through while he is driving, he just canÂt resist a little peek. Maybe he thinks about his son who is driving up to college by himself and might have broken down. Maybe he thinks his boss is texting or his wife is sick, and he will just take a quick look. He is a careful driver. He can multi-task. Right? Possibly you are thinking that you would never text and drive, ever, for any reason, and thatÂs great, but that is only part of the problem. The National Safety Council has determined that there is NO safe way to use a cellphone and drive a motor vehicle at the same time. Even the hands-free options were created for convenience, not for safety. The human brain cannot focus on two things at the same time, but rather, it shifts back and forth between the two, giving neither task its full attention. The council used the example of watching television while reading a book. You may have a general idea of what is going on in the book and on the television, but neither had your full attention. No matter how strong the urge is to read that text or answer that call, please donÂt do it. Think of the person on the other end of the line. How is he or she going to feel if that text or call results in your death? How will you feel if it results in someone elseÂs death? DonÂt think it can happen to you? Neither did the 49,288 Floridians who had distracted-driving accidents last year, and neither did the 214 who died. Distracted driving can be deadly, is easily avoided Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsAccording to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, some Florida counties are at higher risk from accidents due to distracted driving than others. The counties with the highest rate of distracted driving crashes per 1,000 vehicles were Â“rst, Wakulla; second, Walton; third, Orange; and tied for fourth, Okaloosa and Duval. Okeechobee County fared well, ranking 57th out of 67 counties. Glades County has a slightly higher rate of distracteddriver crashes, ranking number 51 in the state, Highlands County was number 47; Palm Beach County, number 37; and Hendry County, number 35.
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun 5B Special to the Lake Okeechobee News CLEWISTON Â„ Lieutenant Colonel Georgina ÂGeeGeeÂŽ GranvilleÂs promotion ceremony was held on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. at the Clewiston High School Audi torium in honor of her community that has supported, encouraged and prayed for her over the years. Her sister, Lieutenant Colonel Cathy Granville-Scott, ofÂ“ciated the ceremony. This was the Â“rst time the two sisters had ever worn the Army Service Uniform (ArmyÂs formal attire) together; and they did so in the company of family and friends. There was not a dry eye as her older sister spoke on her dedication and how proud she was of her younger sister. During the ceremony, GeeGee stated, ÂShe knew that it was not by chance that she has made it this far in life and her career. It took the humble beginnings in a commu nity in which we all came from to establish her foundation. Hence is why she desired to conduct her promotion ceremony to lieu tenant colonel in Clewiston; for her family, community and to recognize some of the local veterans who have served our nation.ÂŽ She honored each veteran who was present with a plaque, which said, ÂThank you for your service to our nation and communi ty. We are forever grateful for the sacriÂ“ces. May God continue to bless and keep you.ÂŽ We are so very proud of one of our Home town Heroes. Lt. GranvilleÂs sister ofÂ“ciates at her promotion ceremony Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Helen MeadDeputy Garcia speaks at Kiwanis ClubLABELLE Â„ The Hendry County Criminal Interdiction Unit and Crime Prevention Unit Deputy Ruby Garcia spoke to LaBelle Kiwanis members on Sept. 14. They talked about the importance of protecting oneÂs identity, locking your car and your house, and securing your Social Security number. Pictured: Sue Williams, Hendry County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce Deputies Krasinskas, Garcia, Hainley and Todd. By Samantha GrenrockSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE Â„ YouÂre driving down the highway, and all of a sudden Â„ splat Â„ a bug smacks your windshield, leaving a gooey smear on the glass. They might be a little gross, but University of Florida professor Mark Hostetler sees these close encounters as a chance to learn about the natural world around us. Mr. Hostetler and his son, Jmm Hostetler, have created a mobile app to help people identify bug splats on their cars. Called ÂThat Gunk on Your Car,ÂŽ the app helps users Â“gure out which bug made a particular splat. For example, according to the app, a splat thatÂs long, yellow and relatively large is probably a grasshopper. If youÂre not sure, just click on the name to get a more detailed description and color images. ÂOnce they have identiÂ“ed the splat, they can learn more about the insect itself. The app has lots of natural history information, conservation and science related to each insect,ÂŽ said Mr. Hostetler, a professor of wildlife ecology and conservation in UFÂs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. ÂWith the app, these bugs donÂt have to die in vain. We can learn something about them,ÂŽ Mr. Hostetler said. ÂThat Gunk on Your Car: A Unique Guide to the Insects of North AmericaÂŽ is also the title of a book Mr. Hostetler published in 1997. Like the app, the book also allowed people to identify bug splats. Mr. Hostetler got the idea for the book when he took a cross-country trip in the mid-1990s. ÂI was at a gas station, and a guy pulled up next to me, looking exasperated about all the lovebug splats on his car. He turned to me and said, ÂWhat is all this, anyway?ÂŽ Mr. Hostetler remembers. ÂWell, he asked the right person. I spent several minutes talking about insects, insect ecology and conservation. The idea for the book was born there.ÂŽ Mixing science, fun and ick-factor, the book got Mr. Hostetler invited to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in October 1997. True to his role as an urban wildlife ecologist, Mr. Hostetler brought live Florida wood cockroaches to the show, which led the comedian Drew Carey, who was also on the show at the time, to jump out of his chair and away from Mr. Hostetler. More than two decades later, his son Jmm, now an engineering student at UF, would work to convert the information in the book into an interactive app, now available for free in the iTunes store. In addition to splat identiÂ“cation, the app also includes a game where players match splats to their corresponding insects. ÂAs a wildlife biologist, I had no programming skill, but my son learned the programming platform and converted the book into an app,ÂŽ said Mark Hostetler. ÂAs a dad, I was very proud of my boy. It was a great father-son project.ÂŽ ÂIn the future, I might add some new games and support for a user database of photos and identiÂ“cations,ÂŽ Jmm Hostetler said. While the app is a fun way to pass the time on long road trips, its creators hope it also sparks curiosity about insects. ÂI think many people only think about insects when they bother them. However, insects play a very important role in our environment,ÂŽ Mark Hostetler said. ÂThey are part of the food chain and they are important pollinators. I hope this app helps people learn more about insects and their importance to our way of life.ÂŽ That gunk on your car? ThereÂs an app for that
6B Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun October 3, 2018 Special to the Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE Â„ Boater Gary Milicevic of LaBelle won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee Sunday, Sept. 23, with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 53 pounds, 2 ounces. For his win, Milicevic earned $8,374. According to post-tournament reports, he caught his Â“sh near Harney Pond, Â”ipping a Medlock Jig in the cloudy and rainy conditions to catch his limits. The top 10 boaters Â“nished the tournament in: 1st: Gary Milicevic, Labelle, 10 bass, 532, $6,374 + $2,000 Ranger Cup; 2nd: Larry Cahan, East Palatka, 10 bass, 48-0, $2,937; 3rd: Bryan Honnerlaw, Moore Haven, 10 bass, 45-10, $2,057; 4th: Donny Bass, Naples, 10 bass, 40-14, $1,371; 5th: Jared McMillan, Belle Glade, 10 bass, 40-7, $1,175; 6th: Fred Chivington Jr., Welaka, 10 bass, 40-3, $1,077; 7th: Chuck Webb, Sarasota, 10 bass, 39-12, $979; 8th: Jim Joseph, Oakland Park, 10 bass, 39-1, $881; 9th: Chris Keith, Gainesville, 10 bass, 36-13, $783; 10th: Mason Boylan, Melbourne, 10 bass, 36-3, $685. Steve Broughton of Palm Beach Gardens, caught a largemouth weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces Â„ the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $780. John Panozzo of Palm Springs, caught a two-day total of nine bass weighing 36 pounds even to win the Co-angler Division and $2,937. The top 10 co-anglers were: 1st: John Panozzo, Palm Springs, nine bass, 36-0, $2,937; 2nd: James Bullard, Glen Saint Mary, nine bass, 33-1, $1,568; 3rd: Vince Owen, Coral Springs, nine bass, 29-12, $979; 4th: Christian Greico, Tampa, 10 bass, 27-0, $685; 5th: Jackie Barber, Cocoa, nine bass, 24-7, $587; 6th: Christopher Gardner, Leesburg, nine bass, 23-0, $538; 7th: Alex Mut, Miami, seven bass, 23-0, $929; 8th: Cody Farnham, Port St. Lucie, 10 bass, 21-15, $441; 9th: General Johnson, Fort Myers, eight bass, 20-13, $392; 10th: Moses Wilson, Clewiston, 10 bass, 20-10, $343. Mut caught the largest largemouth bass in the Co-angler Division weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces Â„ and earned the Coangler Big Bass award of $390. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the Â“ve winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on the St. Johns River in Palatka. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will Â“sh for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard. The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, Â“ve qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the Â“ve winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to Â“nish in the top six, which then qualiÂ“es them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass Â“shing Â„ the BFL AllAmerican. The 2019 BFL All-American will take place May 30-June 1 on the Potomac River in Marbury, Md. LaBelle angler wins tourney with 53-pound catch Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsGary Milicevic of LaBelle took home a prize of over $8,000 for his two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass. By Cathy WombleLake Okeechobee News It is pretty easy to sit behind a keyboard and feel safe, but danger lurks beyond the screen. Nowadays, the list of cyber-related crimes ranges from cyber-bullying to data theft to Â“nancial extortion to identity theft to child pornography to child grooming. W e would like to believe that because we are in our own homes we can safely do as w e please, but in reality, when we connect our computers to the outside world, we are no longer in our own homes. We need to behave as if we are in the middle of a crowded mall where anyone can see everything we do. There is no way to keep information completely safe on the internet, but there are things you can do to make it more secure.FacebookYou can set your Facebook page so that only your friends can see your posts. To do this, go to your home page and click on the tiny arrow on the far right side at the top of the page. Scroll down to settings and click on it. Now, on the far left, click on the privacy tab. At the top of the page it should read, Âwho can read your future posts.ÂŽ You want this to read friends. If it doesnÂt, click on edit, and change it to friends. Then click on close. Now your page is private. One reason to keep it this w ay is to prevent people from stealing your pictures and setting up fake pages using your identity. If you have children, you donÂt want pedophiles having free access to pictures of y our kids, either. For the same reason, you should never accept a friend request from a stranger. Facebook itself has suggestions to keep you safer as you use their site: Â€ Protect your password by never using it on other sites and never sharing it with others. Â€ Use their security features. Â€ Keep your email accounts secure. Â€ When using a public computer, always log out when you Â“nish your session. Â€ Keep your anti-virus and Â“rewalls up to date Â€ Be very cautious about downloading anything.Banking or shoppingIf you are going to do any online banking, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recommends you buy a good anti-virus software program. Do not rely on the free versions. You also need to keep your Â“rewall turned on and install and update antispyware. If you are putting your credit card information on websites, pay attention to whether the website is secure or not. You can tell by whether the http is followed by an ÂsÂŽ or not. ÂSÂŽ means secure; no ÂsÂŽ means not secure. When shopping online, you can Google the company to get reviews. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A Kitchenaid mixer that normally sells for $200 being advertised for $49 should raise some red Â”ags. You can also Â“nd out by Googling if the company you are planning to order from is based in China. That great deal might not seem so great if you have to wait a month for it to arrive.FraudThere are many variations out there. Some involve convincing an unwitting victim that one of their loved ones has been kidnapped or is in another country and urgently needs them to send money. One of the easiest ways to spot this as a scam is the urgency of the request. The person asking for the money never gives you time to think, because they know that if you have time to think or to ask for advice, they have lost you. They need to reel you in immediately so they tell you they need the money within the hour or something horrible will happen. Another variation of this one is the email or call from the IRS telling you that you owe money and that you must immediately wire money or go to jail. If someone refuses you time to think, to talk to family or to a lawyer, it is a scam. No legitimate company is ever going to do that. Call the police. According to USA.gov, there are several places set up for reporting cyber crime: Â€ The FBIÂs Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Â„ ic3.gov; Â€ Federal Trade CommissionÂs FTC Complaint Assistant Â„ftccomplaintassistant. gov; Â€ econsumer.gov; and, Â€ The United States Department of Justice Â„ justice.gov.Child groomingOnline grooming is deÂ“ned as building an online relationship with a young person with the intention of tricking them or pressuring them into performing a sexual act. Jamesmadison.org lists six common places where grooming occurs: 1. social networking websites; 2. instant messaging apps; 3. photo sharing apps and sites, like Instagram; 4. chat rooms; 5. dating apps; and, 6. online gaming sites. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, any child can be a victim. If you suspect a child is being groomed, you can report it to the Internet Watch Foundation, iwf.org.uk/, or the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, ceop.police.uk/. The best deterrent, especially for younger children, is to keep the computer use out in the family area rather than in a bedroom so that parents can better monitor the things said and done online. The FBI has several safety tip for kids: Â€ Never give out personal information such as address, phone number, school, etc. Â€ Never send a picture of yourself over the internet. Â€ Never write to someone who makes you feel nervous or afraid. Â€ Tell your parents immediately if you read or hear something that makes you uncomfortable or afraid. Â€ Never meet someone without your parentsÂ permission. Â€ Remember that the person you are talking to might be a 50-year-old man pretending to be a 12-year-old girl. Although this story doesnÂt cover all the dangers that lurk online, most of the solutions are similar. Use common sense, an anti-virus, a Â“rewall and strong passwords, and your chances of becoming a victim go down signiÂ“cantly. Protect yourself from cyber-related crimes
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun 7B By Brad BuckUF/IFAS GAINESVILLE. Â„ Just like people come in different personalities, animals vary in their behavior. For example, some crayÂ“sh can be shier while others are bolder, a University of Florida scientist says. While crayÂ“sh are known as those little, lobster-like crustaceans eaten by some as a delicacy in soups, bisques and touffes and are used by others as Â“sh bait, Lindsey Reisinger and her team want to use the crayÂ“sh as a model for how animalsÂ behavior changes the environment and v ice-versa. Ms. Reisinger recently received a $299,865, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study the behavior of two types of crayÂ“sh Â„ the rusty and the virile. Starting in May, theyÂll collect crayÂ“sh in several states: Tennessee, Ohio, W isconsin, Alabama, New York, West V irginia and Connecticut. While crayÂ“sh live in Florida water, researchers are concentrating on the other states because thatÂs where they think theyÂll see the biggest behavioral changes in these two crayÂ“sh species. ÂScientists donÂt know how important animal personalities are for ecosystems,ÂŽ said Ms. Reisinger, a research assistant professor in Â“sheries and aquatic sciences at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. ÂTesting this question in crayÂ“sh will let us know whether this is something we should consider more broadly, across different species and ecosystems.ÂŽ In some ways, crayÂ“sh mimic their counterparts in the animal kingdom. For instance, some may feed more often than others, Ms. Reisinger said. ÂAs scientists and conservationists, we are typically concerned with the inÂ”uence that different species have on the environment,ÂŽ Ms. Reisinger said. ÂFor example, rusty crayÂ“sh are invasive in many areas of the Midwest. They eat freshwater plants, insects and snails and often cause major declines in these plants and animals when they are introduced to new lakes and streams.ÂŽ They will test whether crayÂ“sh behavior affects the amount of nutrients and energy that get into freshwater ecosystems. They also want to see how crayÂ“sh personalities change across the states and how their environments change their behavior. For example, crayÂ“sh can impact freshwater ecosystems by shredding leaves that fall into the water. The remaining leaves serve as a food source for other organisms, she said. This can increase nutrients in the water, she said. On the other hand, Â“sh eat crayÂ“sh, hopefully balancing out the ecosystem. ÂCrayÂ“sh are an important for the movement of energy and nutrients through freshwater food webs,ÂŽ Ms. Reisinger said. An aggressive and bold crayÂ“sh will move around and eat much of the day. 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Â„ The University of FloridaÂs pilot research program to explore the potential to grow industrial hemp across the state is advancing, with the engagement of an inaugural private partner. The initiative was supported and encouraged by the state but was not appropriated any funding. To move forward, the project needs sponsorships from private industry. Green Roads Inc. has invested $1.3 million to sponsor the Â“rst phase of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research program. The funds will support Â“eld trials in three locations in Florida: Quincy, Hague and Homestead. The Â“eld trials will focus on testing both varieties of the industrial hemp plant and cropping systems for establishing industrial hemp production in Florida. Industrial hemp is a Cannabis sativa plant that has been cultivated for 10,000 y ears as a Â“ber and grain crop. The crop may have applications for Â“ber, building materials, forages and medicine. Industrial hemp is not marijuana as it contains less than 0.3 percent per dry weight of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychoactive chemical that, at higher levels, deÂ“nes marijuana. Industrial hemp does present the potential to produce and market a compound called CBD (cannabidiol), which may have medicinal potential for pain and other physiological ailments. Florida-based Green Roads is a leading company in the CBD space, offering more than 50 products with pharmacistdeveloped formulas to improve the lives of its customers. Forbes includes Green Roads on its list of Top 10 CBD companies in the nation. ÂHemp is an emerging industry that is going to beneÂ“t people in the state of Florida in so many different ways,ÂŽ said Green Roads Co-founder Arby Barroso. As national hemp and CBD industry expert sources, Green Roads team members also shared their deep and broad knowledge during the three pilot-related farmersÂ workshops. While states such as Kentucky and North Carolina have a head start, Âif we do this right, the University of Florida and this pilot program will be able to quickly close that gap,ÂŽ Mr. Barroso said. ÂThatÂs why our partnership with UF/IFAS is so important; it will be transformational for so many industries. Because we recognize the exponential potential, we at Green Roads have put our signiÂ“cant commitment, advocacy and sponsorship investment behind a resounding winner.ÂŽ Zachary Brym, assistant professor of agronomy at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead and co-director of the program, explained that additional sponsors are needed for the program to grow. ÂIdeally, we would like to grow to four more locations across the state and test four additional objectives. But we need the Â“nancial support of partners to move forward,ÂŽ said Mr. Brym. UF/IFAS researchers would also like to explore propagation trials, which would compare the success of growing plants from seed to growing plants from rooted cuttings, the impact of indoor-growing approaches, testing with varieties that exhibit high CBD values as well as explore the processing and product development of industrial hemp. ÂWe are enthused about Green Roads involvement in the project and their insights as we move forward. We hope their leadership will encourage other companies to engage with us as well,ÂŽ said Mr. Brym. UF/IFAS is looking for additional sponsors. If interested, parties should contact Mr. Brym at brymz@uÂ”.edu to learn more about the opportunities available. Those interested in supporting the program through a donation should contact Cody Helmer, director of UF/IFAS Advancement at Chelmer@uÂ”.edu. To visit the Green Roads website, go to greenroadsworld.com. UF industrial hemp program promotes partnerships Medicare assistance offeredCLEWISTON Â„ Medicare Open Enrollment assistance will be available at the Hope Connections, 1200 S. W.C. Owens Ave. in Clewiston, on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, call 239-208-7090 or visit informedchoice.com. Medicare Open Enrollment end on Dec. 7.
8B Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun October 3, 2018 Special to the Lake Okeechobee News LABELLE Â„ LaBelle Heritage MuseumÂs W ednesday, Oct. 4, program meeting at the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center at 1085 Pratt Blvd. will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a local Â”avor. Ramon Sanalfonso Rodriguez, a member of the 2018 Swamp Cabbage Pioneer Family headed by his parents, the late Ramon S. Rodriguez, and his 100-year-old surviving w ife, Bersabe, will recollect his youthful experiences with Rudy Juarez in O.M.I.C.A. Â… Organized Migrants In Community Action Â… and later with Cesar Chavez as a farm labor union organizer with the United Farm W orkers (UFW), and his hand in negotiat ing union contracts with some the largest citrus operations in Florida. Mr. Rodriguez later worked with the local telephone company and is now retired from CenturyLink, where his son Ramon Rodriguez III works today in basically the same position his father did. Since Hendry County ranks second only to Miami-Dade County in the percentage of those identifying themselves as Hispan ic, this program should be of more than passing interest to the majority, Chicano or Anglo. The Townsend Agricultural CenterÂs doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the program, which begins at 7 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no charge. El mircoles 4 de octubre, LaBelle Heritage Museum celebrar el mes de la herencia hispana con un sabor local en el Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center en el 1085 Pratt Boulevard. Ramn Sanalfonso Rodrguez, miembro de la familia pionera de la 2018 Swamp Cabbage Festival, encabezado por sus padres el difunto Ramn S. Rodrguez y su esposa Bersabe de 100 aos, recordar sus experiencias juveniles con Rudy Jurez en O.M.I.C.A. Â… migrantes organizados en accin comunitaria Â… y ms tarde con Csar Chvez como organizador sindical agrcola con UFW, trabajadores agrcolas unidos, y su mano en la negociacin de contratos de unin con algunas de las operaciones ms grandes de ctricos en la Florida. Rodrguez ms tarde trabaj con la compaa telefnica local y ahora se retira de CenturyLink donde su hijo Ramn Rodrguez III trabaja hoy en la misma posicin que su padre. Dado que el Condado de Hendry ocupa el segundo lugar slo en el Condado de Miami-Dade en el porcentaje de los que se identiÂ“can como hispanos, este programa debe que ser un inters para la mayora, Chicano o anglo. Las puertas del Townsend Agricultural Center se abrirn en 6:30 de la tarde para el programa que comienza a las 7 en punto. El pblico es bienvenido y no hay cargo. Now Accepting New Patients Betsabee Castillo Guerrero, MDCertiÂ“ed by the American Board of PediatricsMedicaid and Most Insurances Accepted. Discounted Fees Based on Income. You can make an appointment with Betsabee Castillo Guerrero, MD by calling 1-844-FHCSWF or 1-844-342-7935. Betsabee Castillo Guerrero, MD is accepting new patients at our First Choice Kidcare ofÂ“ce located at: 930 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL 33935Â National Quality LeaderÂŽ ÂPath Excellence in Patient Service Award WinnerÂŽ Special to the Lake Okeechobee News LABELLE Â„ The LaBelle Kiwanis Club installed their new board members and ofÂ“cers on Sept. 18. The ceremony began with a Â”ag presentation from LaBelle High SchoolÂs Explorer Club. Music was provided by The LaBelle Kiwanis Aktion Club, Zena Smith and mandolin players Tom Schroeder and Mary Ruff. Special recognition went to Cecil Akin, a 35-year Kiwanis member (Cecil is also a charter member of the Club), Karan Roach was thanked for her service as secretary for the past 11 years, and outstanding volunteers were Nikki Yeager and Margaret England. Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Mick Sheldrake ofÂ“ciated the ceremonies. Sue Williams, past president, presented her pin to Carole Schroeder, incoming President. The new president-elect, Mary Pringle, received her pin. Mona Kajkowski was elected as secretary and Darlene Soud as treasurer. LaBelle KiwanisÂ new board members are: Alonzo McKenzie, Crystal Rodriguez, Karan Roach,Tracy Nobles, Helen Mead and Nikki Yeager. The 2018-19 ofÂ“cers are President Carole Schroeder, Incoming Mary Pringle, Secretary Mona Kajkowski, Treasurer Darlene Soud and Past President Sue Williams. The 2018-19 board members are Margaret England, Alonzo McKenzie, Helen Mead, Tracy Nobles, Karan Roach, Crystal Rodriguez and Nikki Yeager. LaBelle Kiwanians hold awards banquet Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsMusic was provided by the LaBelle Kiwanis Aktion Club. Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsPictured above are past president Sue Williams and Cecil Akin. Special recognition went to Cecil Akin, a 35-year Kiwanis member and a Charter Member of LaBelle Kiwanis. LaBelle Museum celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Program highlights neighborhood birdingLABELLE Â„ Ruby Garcia from the Hendry County SheriffÂs Department will present a program on ÂPersonal SafetyÂŽ and Steve Buczynski will share a birding update, ÂItÂs a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,ÂŽ at the Hendry-Glades Audubon monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m, Everyone is invited to the programs held at the Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension, located at 1085 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle, 33935. To register for the free escorted driving trips for bird watching enthusiasts, go to hendrygladesaudubon.org. The public entrance to STA 5/6 (Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6) at the south end of Blumberg Road is available for walking or bicycling Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday year-round except for the seasonal Sunday hunting dates. For information about the driving trips or information about Hendry-Glades Audubon Society, contact Margaret England at 863-517-0202, visit hendrygladesaudubon.org or like our Facebook page, Hendry-Glades Audubon.
The Cohen Chiropractic Group, PA241 S.E. 1st. St. Belle Glade, FL (Behind CVS) 561-996-9936 GladesInjuryCenter.comBACK PAIN? NECK PAIN? ACCIDENTS? October 3, 2018VIP Belle Glade tour and visit to ChildrenÂs CenterCommunity leaders will discuss challenges and opportunities in western Palm Beach CountySpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News PALM BEACH COUNTY Â„ Community leaders in Palm Beach County are invited to attend a chartered VIP bus tour of the Belle Glade community, including a visit to the First Haitian Baptist Church ChildrenÂs Development Center, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Guests will meet (and park) at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, near downtown West Palm Beach, at 2300 S. Dixie Highway, four blocks north of Belvedere Road. The motor coach will leave promptly at 10 a.m. Lunch and entertainment are included. Guests will return PB State College introduces Glades students to campusSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News BELLE GLADE Â„ College is possible for everyone, and Palm Beach State is leading the way. Palm Beach State CollegeÂs Belle Glade campus partnered with four local high schools on Sept. 20 to introduce high school students to the college and all it has to offer. For 158 high-schoolers, there were tours provided of the beautiful campus, 10 scholarships awarded to PBSC, giveaways, program demonstrations and a free Tropical Smoothie lunch from a generous donation from the Ministerial Alliance Association, which partnered with PBSCÂs Belle Glade campus for this special event. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ PBSCPastor Reese of the Ministerial Alliance Association addresses local high school students.Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ PBSCDr. LaTanya McNeal, assistant dean of student services, talks to the Glades area high-schoolers.Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ PBSCDr. Maria M. Vallejo, vice president for growth & expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, speaks to students during the event.Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsThere will be a VIP Belle Glade tour and visit to a childrenÂs center Saturday, Oct. 13. It will be hosted by the Sovereign Order of St. John, Palm Beach Com mandery and the First Haitian Baptist Church of Belle Glade. For information, go to sosjpb.org.See CHILDREN Â„ Page 2
2C Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun October 3, 2018 to West Palm Beach by 2 p.m. There is no charge; however, seating is limited. The event is being organized by the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, Palm Beach Com mandery (SOSJ) and the First Haitian Baptist Church Youth and ChildrenÂs Development Center in Belle Glade. It is expected that the mayor of Belle Glade, Steve Wilson, and other ofÂ“cials will be there to answer questions from the guests. Also, a proclamation will be given to Pastor Morales St. Hilaire for his decades of work to help the children in Belle Glade. Schedule: Â€ 9:45 a.m. Meet at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Coffee and pastries will be provided. Â€ 10:45 a.m. Tour the community and downtown Belle Glade area. Â€ 11:30 a.m. Tour the 1940s building (200 S.W. Eighth Ave in Belle Glade) providing after-school and summer programs to 120-plus kids. Get to know these kids, needing a real chance at life. Enjoy music by the children and a picnic lunch provided by the First Haitian Baptist Church. Â€ 1:15 p.m. Return to West Palm Beach by 2 p.m. The First Haitian Baptist Church Youth and ChildrenÂs Development Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, is planning to construct a new multipurpose facility in response to the growth and needs of the children in the Belle Glade community. The existing center is beyond repair. The old house, where children from kindergarten through eighth grade attend after-school care, is also too small to accommodate the more than 120 children who arrive every day.It is estimated that the $500,000 needed w ill include in-kind donations from the construction trades, private donations and corporate support. Funds are being raised by the church, the SOSJ and private individuals. This Belle Glade community center project is the focus for SOSJ members, whose mission is to help the sick and the poor.To register for the VIP Belle Glade Tour or get more information, go to sosjpb.org or email info@sosjpb. org. Please register by Oct. 1 and note any dietary restrictions. C HILDREN C ontinued From Page 1 By Chris FelkerLake Okeechobee News PAHOKEE Â„ Flags were Â”ying at halfstaff all over the city this past week out of respect for the memory of former Pahokee Mayor Wayne Whitaker, who died the morning of Sept. 26. Mayor Keith Babb Jr. posted a picture of Mr. Whitaker accepting an award from the Pahokee City Commission, along with an announcement, on the cityÂs Facebook page: ÂIt is with sadness that I announce the passing of one of our former mayors of the City of Pahokee. Wayne Whitaker passed away earlier this morning on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Mayor Whitaker was Â“rst elected mayor of Pahokee in March 2007 and served faithfully until March of 2010. ÂEveryone who knew him will surely miss him. On behalf of the Pahokee City Commission, I extend our sincere condolences. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Alice, his family, his many friends and all that were touched by him.ÂŽ Mr. Whitaker, who was 73, was defeated in his 2010 race for re-election by another ex-mayor, J.P. Sasser. Mr. Whitaker and his wife had four children. The family said, ÂHe had a passion for Pahokee, its agricultural style of living, and enjoyed Lake Okeechobee.ÂŽ A homegoing service took place Saturday at Good Shepherd Church of God. Wayne WhitakerProtect yourself from cyber-related crimesBy Cathy WombleLake Okeechobee News It is pretty easy to sit behind a keyboard and feel safe, but danger lurks beyond the screen. Nowadays, the list of cyber-related crimes ranges from cyber-bullying to data theft to Â“nancial extortion to identity theft to child pornography to child grooming. We w ould like to believe that because we are in our own homes we can safely do as we please, but in reality, when we connect our computers to the outside world, we are no longer in our own homes. We need to be have as if we are in the middle of a crowded mall where anyone can see everything we do. There is no way to keep information completely safe on the internet, but there are things you can do to make it more secure.FacebookYou can set your Facebook page so that only your friends can see your posts. To do this, go to your home page and click on the tiny arrow on the far right side at the top of the page. Scroll down to settings and click on it. Now, on the far left, click on the priva cy tab. At the top of the page it should read, Âwho can read your future posts.ÂŽ You want this to read friends. If it doesnÂt, click on edit, and change it to friends. Then click on close. Now your page is private. One reason to keep it this w ay is to prevent people from stealing your pictures and setting up fake pages using y our identity. If you have children, you donÂt want pedophiles having free access to pictures of your kids, either. For the same reason, you should never accept a friend request from a stranger. Facebook itself has suggestions to keep you safer as you use their site: Â€ Protect your password by never using it on other sites and never sharing it with others. Â€ Use their security features. Â€ Keep your email accounts secure. Â€ When using a public computer, always log out when you Â“nish your session. Â€ Keep your anti-virus and Â“rewalls up to date Â€ Be very cautious about downloading anything.Banking or shoppingIf you are going to do any online banking, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recommends you buy a good anti-virus software program. Do not rely on the free versions. You also need to keep your Â“rewall turned on and install and update antispyware. If you are putting your credit card information on websites, pay attention to whether the website is secure or not. You can tell by whether the http is followed by an ÂsÂŽ or not. ÂSÂŽ means secure; no ÂsÂŽ means not secure. When shopping online, you can Google the company to get reviews. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A Kitchenaid mixer that normally sells for $200 being advertised for $49 should raise some red Â”ags. You can also Â“nd out by Googling if the company you are planning to order from is based in China. That great deal might not seem so great if you have to wait a month for it to arrive.FraudThere are many variations out there. Some involve convincing an unwitting victim that one of their loved ones has been kidnapped or is in another country and urgently needs them to send money. One of the easiest ways to spot this as a scam is the urgency of the request. The person asking for the money never gives you time to think, because they know that if you have time to think or to ask for advice, they have lost you. They need to reel you in immediately so they tell you they need the money within the hour or something horrible will happen. Another variation of this one is the email or call from the IRS telling you that you owe money and that you must immediately wire money or go to jail. If someone refuses you time to think, to talk to family or to a lawyer, it is a scam. No legitimate company is ever going to do that. Call the police. According to USA.gov, there are several places set up for reporting cyber crime: Â€ The FBIÂs Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Â„ ic3.gov; Â€ Federal Trade CommissionÂs FTC Complaint Assistant Â„ftccomplaintassistant.gov; Â€ econsumer.gov; and, Â€ The United States Department of Justice Â„ justice.gov.Child GroomingOnline grooming is deÂ“ned as building an online relationship with a young person with the intention of tricking them or pressuring them into performing a sexual act. Jamesmadison.org lists six common places where grooming occurs: 1. social networking websites; 2. instant messaging apps; 3. photo sharing apps and sites, like Instagram; 4. chat rooms; 5. dating apps; and, 6. online gaming sites. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, any child can be a victim. If you suspect a child is being groomed, you can report it to the Internet Watch Foundation, iwf.org.uk/, or the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, ceop.police. uk/. The best deterrent, especially for younger children, is to keep the computer use out in the family area rather than in a bedroom so that parents can better monitor the things said and done online. The FBI has several safety tip for kids: Â€ Never give out personal information such as address, phone number, school, etc. Â€ Never send a picture of yourself over the internet. Â€ Never write to someone who makes you feel nervous or afraid. Â€ Tell your parents immediately if you read or hear something that makes you uncomfortable or afraid. Â€ Never meet someone without your parentsÂ permission. Â€ Remember that the person you are talking to might be a 50-year-old man pretending to be a 12-year-old girl. Although this story doesnÂt cover all the dangers that lurk online, most of the solutions are similar. Use common sense, an anti-virus, a Â“rewall and strong passwords, and your chances of becoming a victim go down signiÂ“cantly.Flags lowered for former Mayor Whitaker
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun 3C Special to the Lake Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH Â„ The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties invites residents throughout the region to share a meal and discuss mean ingful ideas to strengthen the community during the localized nationwide movement, On the Table, a national initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Taking place for the Â“rst time locally on W ednesday, Oct. 24, On the Table is a civic engagement initiative designed to unite peo ple of all ages and diverse backgrounds over mealtime conversation to discuss issues that affect their community. The Community Foundation anticipates thousands of people w ill participate throughout the day, with even more participants connected through social media using #OnTheTableFL. ÂOn the Table reinforces our commitment to building a more vibrant community by going straight to the source Â„ the people w e serve Â„ to understand the issues that matter to them most so we can continue to invest in organizations that impact the community,ÂŽ said Bradley Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. ÂWeÂre grateful for the opportunity to bring this initiative to our area and we know that great ideas will come together and inspire even greater grassroots action.ÂŽ The issues and ideas discussed during each On the Table conversation will be organic and driven by the perspectives of the participants. Each table discussion will be led by a host organizer Â„ individuals within the community who have volunteered to bring together the table of participants and lead the conversation with broad, open-ended questions to engage the group. The Community Foundation anticipates strong participation among host volunteers and will offer a number of information sessions throughout the region leading up to Oct. 24. ÂThe most rewarding aspect of On the Table is that it serves as a reminder to every resident in this community that their voice matters, and what they have to say will collectively inspire greater impact,ÂŽ said Daryl Houston, community investment ofÂ“cer with the foundation. ÂTaking part in this initiative is simple, as these conversations can take place during breakfast, lunch, dinner or even during a coffee break or cocktail hour. We look forward to hearing from the diverse voices of this community that take time to share their perspective.ÂŽ At the conclusion of the meal, participants will be asked to complete a brief survey via their mobile phones, email, or in handwritten form. The surveys will be compiled by national research Â“rms Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies to analyze the issues and ideas for community improvement that resulted from the dayÂs discussions. The Community Foundation will publicly share these outcomes, including trends, common themes and new collaborations developed, in order to help Palm Beach and Martin counties determine how best to advance some of the ideas and solutions generated. The Community Foundation is one of 10 foundations across the United States participating in On the Table, a national initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation following a successful pilot in 2017. On the Table replicates an annual civic engagement initiative of the same name developed by The Chicago Community Trust in 2014. Support for On the Table advances Knight FoundationÂs work to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of civic engagement. The Knight Foundation believes that successful communities are equitable, inclusive and participatory. Other On the Table cities include Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus and Macon, Ga.; Gary, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Miami; Philadelphia; and San Jose, Calif. For more information or to sign up to participate as a host or a guest, Palm Beach and Martin County residents can visit www. onthetableÂ”.com. On the Table event to invite action on community issues By Dr. Charlene R. Ford, principalWest Technical Education Center BELLE GLADE Â„ ÂTrust,ÂŽ ÂleadershipÂŽ and ÂteamworkÂŽ are the three terms the Mechatroncis Academy students use to describe the traits that they enhanced as a result of participating in the Region 5 SkillsUSA Regional Leadership Training Conference held at McFatter Technical College in Davie. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. West Tech students explored careers that involve robotics, engineering and manufacturing alongside students from Broward and Dade counties. Participating in trust fall exercises and having a voice in selecting the next set of regional ofÂ“cers struck a chord of enthusiasm with the attendees. ÂWorking cooperatively in groups and talking with the other participants from Broward and Dade helped us to develop trust in ourselves and others,ÂŽ shared Alexis Morales, with Edwin Alvarez promptly agreeing. Douby Alerte, Mechatroncis Instructor, stated: ÂBeing in the different setting made some of the students uncomfortable in a good way. They were exposed to students from other counties and had to interact with them in ways that challenged them to think critically and cooperatively.ÂŽ Upon learning about the various SkillsUSA competitions, OÂJai Bell enthusiastically stated, ÂWe will be ready for competition!ÂŽ West Tech Mechatronics Academy students anticipate participating in regional competitions, which are held in February in the skill areas of mobile robotics, engineering technology, and CNC milling, as well as select leadership areas such as employment application process, job interview and prepared speech. Regional winners are eligible to compete at the stat e level in Pensacola in April; state winners are eligible to compete at the national leve l in Louisville, Ky., in June. On a Â“nal note, Derrick Saddler, a quiet and reserved student, told me that he wants all who read this article to know that Âthis class gives us two hours to think more outside of the box doing electrical and mechanical work. It gives us a realistic picture of the work we will be doing after we graduate.ÂŽ To learn more about the Mechatronics Academy and other programming offered at West Technical Education Center, visit our website at WTEC.palmbeachschools. org or stop by Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8. p.m., or Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. West Tech students attend SkillsUSA Training By Dr. Charlene R. Ford, principalWest Technical Education Center BELLE GLADE Â„ Knowledge of proper safety, accurate measurement and utilization of hand and power tools were taught to the high school students enrolled in the Construction Academy during the Â“rst month of school. Anthony Carroll, instructor, utilizes a career-focused, project-based learning methodology to teach his students real-world skills that result in a product. At this juncture, his students have construct ed 8-foot, handcrafted picnic tables. The Construction Academy students will continue to develop their skills in the Â“eld of construction through the building of a shed, hanging a door, installing roof shingles, and basic wiring for lighting and air in the shed. Picnic tables can be purchased for $250 in the Main OfÂ“ce of West Tech Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash, check and money orders are acceptable forms of payment. The construction program prepares students for college and employment in the building construction industry. The program provides necessary skills to enter homeÂ…building, general contracting and related industries. This program focuses on broad transferable skills, stresses the understanding of all aspects of the building construction industry and demonstrates essential elements of the industry such as architecture, engineering, planning, management, Â“nance, technical and production skills. Incorporated in the curriculum are the underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, health, safety and environmental issues. Training occurs in the classroom, lab and at actual job sites. To learn more about the Construction Academy and other programming offered at West Technical Education Center, visit our website at WTEC.palmbeachschools. org or stop by. Students build tables as academy starter project Special to the Lake Okeechobee News RIVIERA BEACH Â„ The School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) will have an additional 12 schools participating in the Afterschool Meals Program for the 2018-19 school year beginning on Oct. 1. Pahokee High School, 900 Larrimore Road in Pahokee, was selected to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program. Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. These schools are in addition to the 55 school sites currently participating. The program is funded by the USDA and administered in Florida by the Department of Health, Bureau of Child Care Food Programs. Since the inception of the program in Â“scal 2015, approximately 1 million supper meals have been served to students. The Offer Vs. Serve menu is designed to provide a nutritious meal to children in the afterschool programs containing a meat or meat alternate, a grain, a fruit, a vegetable and a milk. PHS participates in Afterschool Meals Program
4C Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun October 3, 2018 A T T E N T I O N R E S T A U R A N T O W N E R S & M A N A G E R S A d v e r t i s e y o u r b u s i n e s s i n o u r n e w w e e k l y f e a t u r e W e e k l y & M o n t h l y p a c k a g e s a v a i l a b l e R a t e s s t a r t i n g a t $ 4 0 / w k C a l l J a i m e L i m o g e s t o l e a r n m o r e 8 6 3 8 2 4 5 9 3 4 j l i m o g e s @ n e w s z a p c o m Pioneer Park Elementary School News Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoA big thank-you to Panther Run Elementary School, Pioneer ParkÂs sister school from Wellington, for the donations of uniforms, supplies and backpacks. Pio neer Park Elementary School students appreciate it greatly! Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoStudents enjoy day at family reunionBELLE GLADE Â„ Crossroads Academy students enjoyed a day at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion, meeting with different historical black college staff, getting information and having college interviews on the spot. Some of the col leges present were Tuskeegee University, Alabama A&M, Edward Waters College, Fisk University, FAMU and Fort Valley State University, among others. The students also enjoyed a college tour at the University of Central Florida. It was a great experience! Lake Okeechobee News/ Chris FelkerCommissioners Park in Pahokee nearing completionPAHOKEE Â„ ÂItÂs really looking wonderful at Commissioners Park,ÂŽ City Manager Chandler Williamson reported to the Pahokee City Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 25. ÂTheyÂve put up the fencing around the tennis courts and the basketball courts, and theyÂre going to start striping t hat this week.ÂŽ The next day, workers were Â“nishing the paint job on the tennis courts in preparation. New playground equipment is standing idle for now as the park is closed during construction, but Mr. Williamson said: ÂThat project is coming along very well. They still have a deadline of Oct. 31, but we know theyÂll be don e.ÂŽ Chamber plans holiday mixerBELLE GLADE Â„ The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer will be held at the Bank of Belle Glade, 108 S.E. Ave. D., on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 561-996-2745.
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun 5C Business, Arts and Craft Vendor FairHosted by Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce and City of Belle GladeSaturday, October 13 10:00am 4:00pmBelle Glade Chamber of Commerce grounds 540 S. Main Street, Belle Glade, Florida Booths Space Still Available! This outdoor event will be held on the grounds of the Chamber of Commerce from 10am until 4pm. The cost to participate in the fair is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-chamber members. This is an opportunity for you to highlight your business or artistic talents in a very visible location where according to a recent FDOT study, approximately 20,000 vehicles pass by on an average day. Sign-up form available on the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or by contacting the chamber at (561) 996-2745 Special to the Lake Okeechobee New/ LSMSBELLE GLADE Â„ On Sept. 27, after parents and staff Â“nished the School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting at Lake Shore Middle School (LSMS), they got together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic parents, motivated by Ms. EstrellaÂs idea, brought a dish representing their country. This way, every member attending the meeting could have a taste of the othersÂ cultures. Everyone who participated enjoyed the food representing the culture of different Hispanic countries, including Mexico, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. It was indeed a Night to Remember. LSMS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Celtic Angels to perform at Dolly Hand Center Dec. 6BELLE GLADE Â„ Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 S.W. College Drive, will present a Celtic Angels Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit womenoÂ“reland.com/celtic-angel-christmas.
6C Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun October 3, 2018 PBSC commits to innovative academic leadershipNew Â“ve-year strategic plan emphasizes countyÂs workforce needsSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News LAKE WORTH Â„ Building on a foundation as Palm Beach CountyÂs largest institution of higher education, Palm Beach State College has launched Panther Strong 2023, a new Â“ve-year strategic plan that sets an aggressive goal of being a nationally recognized leader in advancing student success. For almost 85 years, Palm Beach State has served the needs of the county, providing high-quality, accessible and affordable degrees and certiÂ“cates, as well as workforce development and lifelong learning. Looking forward, the College has crafted a new strategic plan informed by the countyÂs current and projected high growth rate, the dynamic shifts occurring in the economy at large, and the challenges of ensuring that students are best prepared to take advantage of new and rewarding career opportunities. ÂTechnology innovation, automation, globalization, digitization and disruptive technologies will lead to the development of new jobs and a shift in the skills and competencies required for existing jobs here in our county,ÂŽ said Ava L. Parker, J.D., president of Palm Beach State College. ÂOur Â“ve-year strategic plan is designed to prepare for these shifts and help us to improve in an accelerated way to meet the changing workforce needs of our public and private business partners.ÂŽ ÂInspiring Hope, Advancing Skills, Transforming LivesÂŽ is the newly adopted mantra, which captures the essence of the Panther Strong 2023 commitments. The mantra was born out of the mission to provide student-centered learning experiences that transform lives and strengthen the community. With the jobless rate at a 12-year low, and baby boomers retiring in droves, the county faces both a shortand long-term labor shortage, especially in middle-skill workers. Palm Beach State has initiated speciÂ“c strategies to strengthen community connections, evaluate and align offerings to meet workforce needs, and attract, retain and graduate students in accelerated ways so they can enter the workforce sooner, advance their careers, and increase their earning potential. ÂSeventy-two percent of our students are part-timers who typically take a few classes on their way to earning an A.S., A.A. or bachelorÂs degree,ÂŽ Parker added. ÂWe also are the primary resource that county businesses go to for qualiÂ“ed middle-skill workers to meet their growing demands. Therefore, we have unique challenges in recruiting, retaining and graduating students at the rate the market requires. Our strategic plan is designed to help us meet those challenges head on and to conquer them successfully.ÂŽ Success will be monitored and measured against speciÂ“c outcomes aligned around goals, such as to build stakeholder relationships, grow enrollment, and boost retention and completion rates. Improvements in instructional excellence, campus infrastructure, and technology to enhance the student experience also will be measured. Ultimately, PBSC strives to be a winner of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which would establish the College as an innovative leader in academics on the national stage. ÂWe want everyone in Palm Beach County to know the signiÂ“cant role our institution plays in the lives of our residents, community, workforce and economy,ÂŽ Parker said. ÂWe embrace it and are committed to playing our role with excellence.ÂŽ For more information on Panther Strong 2023, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/IRE/ StrategicPlanning. Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelorÂs degrees, associate degrees, professional certiÂ“cates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as FloridaÂs Â“rst public community college, Palm Beach State offers more than 130 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, please visit www.palmbeachstate.edu.Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ PBSCPalm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D. Â€ Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 1 p.m. English Exchange (2 hours) Â€ Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, at 3:30 p.m.: After-School Math Club Grades 3-5. Space is limited. (60 minutes) Â€ Friday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m.: After-School Gaming. Ages 7 and up. Preregister. (60 minutes) Â€ Friday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 a.m.: Browsers Basic (Hands-on) (1-2 hours) Preregister. Â€ Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10:15 a.m.: Art Lab: paper Plate Dinosaurs. Ages 3-6. (45 minutes) Â€ Saturday, Oct. 6 and 20, at noon: Reading Buddies. Grades K-5. Preregister. (45 minutes) Â€ Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m.: WhoÂs That Pokemon? Ages 7 and up. (60 minutes) Preregister. Â€ Saturday, Oct. 6 and 20, at 3 p.m.: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Experience. (2 hours) Â€ Tuesday, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, at 3:30 p.m.: Live Homework Help: Tutor.com. Grades K-12. Preregister. (30 minutes) Â€ Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m.: Teen Read Week ÂItÂs Written in the Stars...READ.ÂŽ Grades 5-12. (60 minutes). Preregister. Â€ Thursday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m.: Fire Safety Month. (45 minutes) Preregister. Â€ Thursday, Oct. 11, 18 and 25, at 3 p.m.: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Experience. Ages 9 and up. (2 hours) Â€ Thursday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m.: Bilingual Family Story Time for kids, moms and dads. All ages. (45 minutes) Â€ Saturday, Oct. 13 and 27, at 2:30 p.m.: Pop Up Arts & Crafts Features a fun new craft that children can enjoy. All ages. (60 minutes) Â€ Monday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m.: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Experience. (2 hours) Â€ Monday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m.: Election Time 2018: Know the Issues. (60 minutes) Preregister. Â€ Thursday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m.: E-Books (Hands-on) Learn about the LibraryÂs e-book service. (30 minutes to 2 hours) Preregister. Â€ Mondays, Oct 15, 22 and 29, at 10 a.m.: Baby Play Date. Ages 3-12 months. (30 minutes) Â€ Mondays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, at 3:30 p.m.: After-School Read in. Grades 2 and up. Preregister as space is limited. (45 minutes) Â€ Mon. Oct. 15, 22 and 29, at 5 p.m.: Teen Horror Fest. Â€ Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m.: Online Learning: ABCmouse.com. (60 minutes) Preregister. Â€ Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m.: STEM Coding Basics for grades 5-12. (60 minutes) Preregister. Â€ Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m.: Cuentame un cuento/Tell Me a Story with Carrie Sue Ayvar. All ages. Preregister. (45 minutes) Â€ Friday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m.: Chess Club for Beginners. Ages 7 and up. (60 minutes) Â€ Friday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m.: Creolophony Month: Mini-Language Session. Ages 12 and up. (2 hours) Preregister. Â€ Friday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m.: Creolophony Month mini language session. Ages 12 & up. Preregister. Â€ Friday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.: Chess Club for Beginners. Ages 7 and up. (60 minutes) Â€ Saturday, Oct. 20, at 10:15 a.m.: Kids Yoga. Ages 3-6. (45 minutes) Â€ Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. Book & Â“lm Discussion: Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. (2 hours) PG Â€ Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m.: Halloween Treat: Skeleton Pretzel. All ages. Preregister. (60 minutes. The Belle Glade Branch Library is located at 725 N.W. 4th St. in Belle Glade. For information, call 561-996-3453. Belle Glade Library HappeningsProperty appraiser to serve as host of international conference Special to the Lake Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH Â„ In her leadership role as president of the International Association of Assessing OfÂ“cers (IAAO), Pal m Beach County Property Appraiser Doroth y Jacks will serve as host of the 84th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration. The event will take place fro m Sept, 23 to 26 in Minneapolis, and more tha n 1,200 attendees from around the globe ar e expected at the conference. This yearÂs keynote speaker is Jack Dangermond, founde r and president of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), the global leader i n spatial analytics. The annual event is Â“lled with nearl y 80 sessions on assessment education programs. Presentations will include effectiv e leadership, legal and legislative matters, emerging issues, real property, assessmen t technologies, GIS & mapping, persona l property and agricultural & classiÂ“ed use. Also, some of the sessions will provid e hands-on experience for creating maps wit h assessor data and creating spatial valuatio n models. As president of IAAO, Property Appraise r Jacks performs the duties required to advance the organization as a leader in comprehensive, exceptional professional development in property appraisal, assessmen t administration and tax policy. In addition, she presides over all meetings of the boar d and membership. A member of IAAO since 1993, Propert y Appraiser Jacks is a former president of th e Florida chapter and past board member. Sh e is the seventh woman to serve as presiden t of IAAO, and her one-year term will end i n December. The IAAO is a 7,000-member organi zation with statewide chapters in the U.S., Canada and 27 countries. Founded in 1934, IAAO is recognized as the leader for mas s appraisal standards and is the largest organization of professional assessing ofÂ“cers in the world.
October 3, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun 7C Â€ Oct. 8-12: Fall Book Fair in the Media Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-3:30 p.m. daily Â€ Oct. 10-18: Walk to School Day at 7 a.m. Â€ Oct. 10: Sixth grade Â“eld trip to Kravis Center from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Â€ Oct. 11: Fall Book Fair open for parents until 6:30 p.m. Â€ Oct. 12: Fourth grade Â“eld trip to Dolly Hand at 9:30 am Â€ Oct. 16: Fall picture day Â€ Oct. 16: Showcase of Schools at the South Florida Fairgrounds from 4-8: p.m. Â€ Oct. 17: PTO/SAC at 5 p.m. Â€ Oct. 18: Reading Counts Celebration Â€ Oct. 19: No School for Students Â€ Oct. 22: Pre-K Â“eld trip to Dolly Hand 9:30 a.m. Ms. Blanco, Ms. J. Smith, Ms. Reynaga Â€ Oct. 22: K-Â“rst grade Â“eld trip to Dolly Hand at 9:30 a.m. Ms. J. Collins, Ms. Paniagua Â€ Oct. 24: Fourth grade Â“eld trip to Dolly Hand at 9:30 a,m. Â€ Oct. 25: Academic Parent Teacher Team meeting at grades K-third at 5:30 p.m. Â€ Oct. 30: Fifth grade ESE Â“eld trip to Dolly Hand at 9:30 a.m. Ms. Schultz, Ms. G. CollinsClubs:Â€ Every Monday: Student Council at 2:40-3:20 p.m.; Art Club at 2:30-3:30; Baton at 3-3:30 p.m. Â€ Every Tuesday: Sixth Grade Study Hall at 2:45-4 p.m. Â€ Every Thursday: Multicultural Dance Club at 2:40-3:30 p.m. Follow Gove on Twitter at twitter.com/ Gove. Visit their web site: goves.palmbeachschools.org. Gove Elementary School events Special to the Lake Okeechobee News LAKE WORTH Â„ Palm Beach State College has moved and expanded its food pantry, now called PantherÂs Pantry, to help those students who might be struggling with food insecurities. Created by Counseling Center Director Jeannie Hoban in 2015, the pantry moved from the Counseling Center to Room SCA 102 on the Lake Worth campus. It now offers even more basic needs items for all currently enrolled students, including canned food, boxed lunches, notebooks, snacks, personal hygiene items and more at no cost. The pantry ofÂ“cially opened with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 25, which coincided with World Hunger Action Month. Thereafter, its normal operating hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the main pantry, all other PBSC campuses will have pantry cabinets available later in the fall term. Students may take up to 10 pounds of items per week. They only need to show their college ID. These pantries would not have been possible without the generous gift from Bank of America, which donated $45,000 toward the expansion of the pantry for students who are experiencing food insecurities regardless of their familiesÂ income. The funds were also used toward PantherÂs Closet, a student-run thrift store that opened in 2017 on the Lake Worth campus. For more information on PantherÂs Pantry, call Ms. Nichols at 561-868-3980. For more information on the Panther Power Center, call Program Grant Manager Michelle Wilks at 561-868-4003. PBSC expands food pantry to help students in need Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoIn addition to the PantherÂs Pantry, PBSC campuses will have pantry cabinets available later in the fall term. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News PALM BEACH GARDENS & BOCA RATON Â„ With the tight job market, employers are struggling to Â“nd quality candidates. A s a result, more than 70 employers are conÂ“rmed, and as many as 85 are expected to recruit at two October job fairs spon sored by Palm Beach State College. Free and open to the public, the job fairs w ill feature businesses, health care facilities and government agencies ready to hire for fulland part-time openings as well as internships. Job seekers at all career stages w ill Â“nd suitable open positions to apply for, ranging from entry-level to managerial opportunities. Attendees are reminded to w ear business attire and bring copies of their resume. Â€ Thursday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, BioScience Technology Complex, Room SC 127, 3160 PGA Blvd. Fifty employers are expected to recruit, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tenet Healthcare, City of West Palm Beach, Oxford Global Resources, MorseLife Health System, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors, ESPN Radio, the School Dis trict of Palm Beach County, and more. Â€ Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boca Raton campus, Humanities & Technology Building, Room HT 103, 801 Palm Beach State College Drive Nearly 40 employers are expected to recruit, including the City of Boca Raton, NCCI Holdings, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, First Data, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, Palm Beach County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce, Peace Corps, PhysAssist Scribes, and the School District of Palm Beach County. Visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career/ Job-Fair for updated listings of the employers exhibiting and the types of open positions they are aiming to Â“ll. The job fairs are organized by the PBSC Career Center on each campus. For more information, please contact: Â€ Palm Beach Gardens campus: Julie Schettenhelm, career center administrative assistant, at 561-207-5350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Â€ Boca Raton campus: Shelly Titarahardja, career center administrative assistant, at 561-862-4325 or email email@example.com. Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelorÂs degrees, associate degrees, professional certiÂ“cates, career training and lifelong learning. PBSC to host two job fairs Special to the Lake Okeechobee News BELLE GLADE Â„ The School District of Palm Beach County, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, recog nized Sept. 26 as ÂDads Take Your Child to School Day.ÂŽ Gove Elementary is proud to announce that 135 attendees participated. Dads and students were greeted as they entered the front ofÂ“ce to sign in. They w ere then escorted to the media center w here they chose two books, one in En glish and one in Spanish. Parent and child w alked to the cafeteria where they had a choice of eating a donut or pastry for break fast or just to sit and chat with their child. Once all observed a reading presentation, in which reading strategies and the Reading Counts Incentive Program were discussed, dads had the opportunity to read with their child and apply what they had just learned. When the event was Â“nished, dads were able to walk their child to class and return to their normal day activities. Research shows that having a father or active male role model increases a childÂs self-esteem, student behavior and academic success. With this amazing number of dads attending this popular event, there is no doubt that our year will be full of academic success! Kudos to all who assisted in making this another memorable event. Dads take kids to school at Gove Elementary Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ GESResearch shows that having a father or active male role model increases a childÂs self-esteem, student behavior and academic success.
8C Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun October 3, 2018 Seeking Sales ProfessionalLake Okeechobee News, formerly Belle Glade Sun and Clewiston News is seeking a part-time or contract sales professional to represent INI Newsmedia publications and products to the Belle Glade and Clewiston communities, be active in the area and work with area businesses to reach their marketing and sales goals. The successful candidate should possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to self-manage their time. Interested individuals should send a note of introduction and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org in the GladesL Introducing This special section is dedicated to showcasing life in Belle Glade and surrounding area! Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsGove using SWPBISBELLE GLADE Â„ At Gove Elementary, teachers use the School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (SWPBIS) system along with CHAMPS classroom management system. Students are presented with a Gove Mascot Paw by teachers when they are seen demonstrating positive behavior around the school. Once the class earns 14 paws, the class earns 30 minutes of educational fun. The students earning the most paws in a month are acknowledged by their homeroom teacher by submitting their name to Ms. Michno, the SWPBIS and CHAMPS sponsor. Those students then become a part of the Pawtastic Heroes display board by the cafeteria for all to notice and congratulate. They are also recognized in the Lake Okeechobee News and CAT TALK. Gove thanks Ms. Michno for overseeing such an effective program. Ms. Michno, also the math coach, is shown motivating the Gove students using SWPBIS. Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsStudents recognizedBELLE GLADE Â„ Shanyna Senorine (left), who is a fourth-grader in Mrs. MawaliÂs classroom at Belle Glade Elementary, is pictured along with Principal Robera Walker (right). Shanyna received a letter from Gov. Rick Scott for making a perfect score on her 2018 Math Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). She is the granddaughter of Ms. Annie Hunter.