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Title: Okeechobee news
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 07-13-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, July 15, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 84 10.00 feetLast Year: 14.41 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Table ‘branded’ for fundraiser ... Page 2 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenJust Horsin’ Around ...Bailey Harden (left) tries to rope a metal “calf” pulled by Stephen Wojcieszak during rodeo week at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce’s “Just Horsin’ Around”camp at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. For more on the camp, see page 12. School board honors Cooper Page 3 County commission considers bill to limit pain clinicsBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An Okeechobee school bus driver appealed to the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners for assistance in a matter of child safety when the BOCC met for their regular meeting on Thursday. Erma Murrish said motorists mostly ignore traf c laws and make it a dangerous situation for pedestrians who live along the Peevine Trail in Viking. She requested street lights at the school bus stops at the 1 mile, 2 mile and other intersections. "You see a lot of brake lights in the morning," she said. Motorists don't see the kids until the last minute," she noted. Ms. Murrish said she has made complaints to the sheriff's department and they have done an excellent job with cracking down on speeders in the neighborhood. As a long straight stretch of road, Ms. Murrish observed, few motorists obey the 40 mph speed limit. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper pointed out another sheriff's investigation where a man was arrested for stalking a teenage girl at a school bus stop in Viking. He said he supported additional street lights on the Peevine Trail. Commissioners directed staff to look into street lights in the community. In other business, commissioners approved an ordinance that regulates Pain Management Clinics. County Attorney John Cassels said Okeechobee does not want to become the transient drug stop between West Palm Beach and Tampa. The new regulation would not eliminate pre-existing lawful establishments. Mr. Cassels said there are no current applications for a clinic in Okeechobee. He suggested that once clinics close along the southeast coast of Florid a there may be more of a demand in rural areas. Clinics would be allowed in light and heav y commercial zoning districts. The clinics can't Street lights proposed on Peevine Trail See COUNTY — Page 17


The Okeechobee County Cattlewomen’s A ssociation is going to be at The National Day of the American Cowboy on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, at the OkeechobeeA gri Civic Center. The Cattlewomen would like to invite the public to join in the festivities and to stop by their booth. They are going to pass out free Beef Stickers, pencils, recipe cards and selling a cookbook, beef tags, and hats. They are also in need of any recipes that community members would like to share w ith the OCCWA. They would like to have a new and upcoming cookbook out this December. If you have recipes please mail them to P.O. Box 46 Okeechobee, FL 34973. In support of Okeechobee High School graduates and their local scholarships for next year, the Cattlewomen will host a donation drawing for a wooden branded picnic table. It contains local ranch and family brands. It is an awesome keepsake and a way for you and your family to enjoy some good food, times and laughs together. If you are interested in tickets, they are available at Eli’s Western Wear. All proceeds will bene t local scholarships. They will have tickets available during the National Day of the American Cowboy on Friday, July 22 and Saturday July 23. The drawing will be held Saturday July 23. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Glades Electric Cooperative remains committed to providing our members the highest quality service at the lowest possible rates. 1-800-226-4023 Okeechobee 1-800-226-4024 Moore Haven 1-800-226-4025 Lake Placid Website: Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 ASAFETYNETHOSPITALfortheTreasureCoast MedicalCenter Lucie 2 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011 Cattlewomen host fundraiser for scholarships Rotary Club President Tabitha Trent presented VFW South Post 10539 Commander Russ Papy with the prestigious Carl T. Durrance award at a recent Rotary Club meeting. The Carl T. Durrance award was created in memory of one of the founding members of the Okeechobee club, Carl T. Durrance, who demonstrated such dedication and passion for Rotary that he had perfect attendance for over 50 years. Mr. Papy’s mission is to assist current and former veterans in need. He and Post 10539 Of cers entertain veterans from the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach which includes PTSD patients, visually impaired vets and ambulatory veterans. The veterans come to Okeechobee VFW by bus; they are treated to musical entertainment, a picnic lunch, shing and camaraderie. Papy takes great pride in his commitment to providing services to our national heroes and their families. The post has assisted military families and active military personnel with donated vehicles, furnished apartments, as well as paid rent and utilities. The Post has built handicap ramps for veterans with special needs due to injuries suffered from the Vietnam War, issues from Agent Orange, Desert Storm and the list goes on. Papy and his team make it a priority to continue the tradition of providing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner to all veterans—in fact, everyone—free of charge. Rotary presents prestigious award Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha TrentPresenting the very prestigious Carl T. Durrance award at a recent Rotary Club meeting was club president Tabitha Trent and award recipient Russ Papy. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OCCWAThe Okeechobee County Cattlewomen’s Association will sponsor a booth at the National Day of the American Cowboy. There, you can enter a donation drawing for the wooded branded picnic table pictured above with local ranch and family brands.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Dr. Patricia Cooper was honored upon her retirement and was praised for her leadership, her skill, and her accomplishments at the monthly meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board on Tuesday night. Dr. Cooper said her seven years as School Superintendent was a blessing. As a product of Okeechobee High School, who began her education career here, she noted a return home was an outstanding experience. “I feel I’ve been given a precious gift to return here. I have no doubt that this district will continue to achieve excellence and get to the next level.” New Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said the district ourished under the leadership of Dr. Cooper. He said she was a great leader w ho served as a great role model for other administrators. Dr. Cooper coined the phrase ‘Achieving Excellence’ and was known in the district for her positive attitude and energy and her motto, ‘take the high road.’ She excelled w ith her business-like manner, her positive personality and devotion to the district, supporters said. She said her biggest achievement was the improvement of academics. She said the A grade the district received in 2009 was one of her best memories. She also praised the school board and said she marvels at the support the school system gets from this community. Dr. Cooper said she still will remain an educator. While she has no long-term concrete plans, she said she plans to run her family business for the time being. Mr. Kenworthy informed the board on the A plus grades for the schools. Four schools received A grades. He praised Central and South for multiple years of A grades. He also saluted Seminole Elementary for the improvement of their grade from C to A. While the Freshman Campus didn’t receive a grade, the high school will receive their grade sometime this fall. “The high school has done very well in the scores so far, so we hope to see good things from the high school grades.” Emily Campbell received a champion for children award from the Florida Educators Association. She is the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year for Okeechobee Schools. Mr. Kenworthy proposed an elimination of the rst time offender program. The board approved the advertisement of adjustments to the code of student conduct. Board member India Riedel said the public can review full copies of the code changes and can comment to the board at a future meeting. The board also approved the start and dismissal times for local schools for 20112012. There are no changes from this year. The board appointed Joseph Stanley as the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Donna Garcia as Assistant Principal at Osceola Middle School. The board also scheduled an executive session for Thursday, July 21, at 8 a.m. to discuss negotiations with the Okeechobee County Education Association #1604. Negotiations on issues like Race to the Top and a new teacher performance pay plan approved by the state will be discussed in negotiations scheduled for July 21, at 9 a.m. There are 15 positions still open in Okeechobee County Schools. The School Board is also involved in a request for proposals for a consultant to review the impact fees for new development in Okeechobee County. Ricardo Perez of Yearling Middle School was honored as the winner of the Waste Management “Think Green” Art Contest this year. Brandon McKee was recognized for a second place nish in the FFA Creed Speaking Contest. James Sharpe, a student at Okeechobee High School, was honored as he was recently elected an of cer to the State FFA. Members of the Operations and Maintenance Staff were honored for 100 percent completion of the safety inspection items listed on the 2010 report along with Director of Operations Dale Barrett. Employees honored included Faye Maguire, John Boak, Mark Moore, Tony Carter, Joe Gaucin, Sherman Goodman, Fran Hall, Joseph Hubbard, Robert Lay, Jody Raulerson, Mike Raulerson, Mike Ryan, David Stokes, Donna Thomas and Robert Tijerina. Mary Hurley was honored for her service as interim Superintendent for two months earlier this year. The board also learned that Russ Brown had been selected as the new Provost of Indian River Community College. The school board holds meetings on Jul y 21 and July 28, at 6 p.m. to begin discussions on the proposed 2011-2012 budget. Aug. 9 is the date of the regular monthl y meeting in August. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Xplosion/Brahman 2ndAnnualWee Cheer ClinicJuly 18 22,8:30am 12pm at XplosionGym (behind Elis)$75 J o i n t h e X p l o s i o n s t a f f a n d O H S c h e e r l e a d e r s f o r a w e e k o f f u n E a r l y d r o p o f f a v a i l a b l e C a l l 8 6 3 4 4 4 1 3 8 2 6 f o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n W a l k i n s o k a y A l l a t h l e t e s r e c e i v e a s h i r t 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee THEATRE III: ZOOKEEPERŽ Fri., 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE I: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THEMOONŽ Fri. 7:00 & 10:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00 & 7:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: HARRYPOTTER AND THE DEATHLYHALLOWS PART II 3DŽFri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 July 15 July 15TH THJuly 21 July 21st stFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG-13 PG-13 H a r r y P o t t e r a n d t h e D e a t h l y H a l l o w s P a r t 2 T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 8 C h i l d r e n & S e n i o r s $ 6 5 0 M a t i n e e e s $ 6 0 0 A l l O t h e r M o v i e T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 6 5 0 € C h i l d r e n 1 2 & u n d e r $ 5 0 0 € S e n i o r C i t i z e n s $ 5 0 0 a l l m o v i e s € M a t i n e e s $ 4 5 0 3 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011 School board honors Dr. Cooper and others Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRetired School Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper was honored for her seven years of service to the Okeechobee School System Tuesday night by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. Operations and Maintenance Staff at the Okeechobee School District were honored Tuesday for their work on the annual safety inspections, (left to right) Donna Thomas, Jody Raulerson, Fran Hall, Director of Operations Dale Barrett, and Maintenance Foreman John Boak. James Sharpe was honored after his election as an of cer for the State Future Farmers of America by School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrandon McKee was honored for nishing second at the State FFA Creed Speaking Competition at the Okeechobee School Board meeting Tuesday night by Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy.


School grades Did you know that countries like China are moving away from high-stakes testing to c reate curricula that are modeled after the ones here in the U.S. that we are abandoning? These countries realize that they are good at test-taking but not good at innov ating which is what our American educat ion system used to be all about. The U.S. has more patents than any other country and produces dozens of Nobel prize winners not Japan or China. Modern China has become good at making things but they haven’t yet mastered the ability to invent or design those same products. This is one of t he reasons why the Chinese are looking to enact educational reforms to make their syst em more like ours.  FCAT is being phased out only to be replaced by MORE tests. For those with children entering high school over the next few y ears I strongly suggest you get familiar with t he new end of course exams. Don’t pass t hese exams, you will receive no credit for t he course and no high school diploma.  I think the changes in graduation requirements are a very good idea and coming not too soon. With regards to vocational s chools, there are few vocations today that w ould not require the skills in algebra, geometry, chemistry, etc. Our world has c hanged. In the late 50s and early 60s, it was possible to get a job in manufacturing running a stamping machine and being paid piece work, often with only a weeks worth of training. Automation and environmental awareness have taken far more jobs away t hen the “overseas countries” ever will. Also, I feel that too much of school spending goes t o things other than education. Food programs, language interpreters, special needs, even a POLICE FORCE! Oh well, life is good in America, it really is.False advertising I found out from a former employee that one local restaurant that offers a grouper sandwich does not actually use grouper. They keep some grouper on hand to show the inspectors. I tried the sandwich, and he was right. It was not grouper. It was too shy tasting to be grouper.  The grouper switch is not new to the restaurant world. Some of your big restaurants do the same thing. Grouper is a very mild tasting sh and is easily distinguished from all other sh. It should be thick and never taste shy.Fire code Does anyone know if we actually have a re inspector that does yearly inspections and if we do, how come some of these places have major re hazards in them like too many drop cords plugged into one socket ... ve or six strands of xmas lights plugged into a drop tiny drop cord, open boxes in the ceiling fans with wires exposed. Editor’s note: Electrical issues should come under the ofce of code enforcement. If you would like to make a complaint about code violations, call the county planning of ce at 863-7635548.Wind mills FPL is going to check the winds in the county to see if it can use windmills here. Before you let one move in next door do some research on them. They make a lot of noise, they act like a slow strobe light, and out west endangered birds (eagles) are being killed by the blades.  People, windmills and solar only work if they are government subsidized. There has to be a powerplant running somewhere to back up the windmills and solar in case the wind stops or it’s a cloudy day. So the powerplant burns fuel and makes electricity and the windmills and solar are making the same electricity. Where is the savings? Your taxes pay for the windmills and solar and FPL charges you for electricity from them, so where are the savings?  I wish we could come up with a way to have an energy supply that does not harm animals or the earth. Solar was our last, best hope! I wonder if this problem will ever be solved? Special exception sought to allow veteran’s retreatI want to validate my sincerity, my passion, in my objective to continue sharing and educating my fellow veterans and their families on the little known culture and wonderful way of life that still exists in Okeechobee County, along with educating families on the history and importance of the Florida Crackers. I’m a combat veteran myself. I served as a 21 Gulf overseas for 32 months. I was in charge of a top secret tactical nuclear missile Firing Platoon (Pershing missiles). I swore if I made it home again I would teach people “that there is more to life than the deformation of mankind.“ I have the ultimate respect for “The Florida Cracker,” and the small town way of life that still exists in Okeechobee county. It gives me a new faith in humanity. It is so important in today’s society to nd ways to regain and maintain Honor, Integrity, Family Values and a great stewardship, understanding and respect for our Mother Nature. My passion and new mission is to continue sharing and educating Veterans and their families to invigorate their own soul with a new profound understanding and respect like I have for the wonderful heart land of America, right here in magni cent Okeechobee County. Home of the American’s Agricultural belt and Florida’s Cracker Cowboys, bountiful nature, wildlife and unlimited outdoor activities. I understand the true history of Okeechobee County, which I feel is the foundation of Our Country and I cherish this way of life. Okeechobee County is a special place where you can truly escape the fast pace of the rat race/city life. Soothe Post Traumatic Stress from the horrors of a war that our Veteran’s endured ghting for our freedom and way of life. I thank God there is places like Okeechobee County, I have personally been enjoying this area for over 23 years. It has kept me balanced along with a refreshed profound pride for my time served overseas in the USA Army. My tour of duty was a small price to pay if I helped preserve this great American heart land Remember, veterans have endured a signi cant amount of pain, sacri ce and suffering, some much worse than others. Veterans have given a piece of our soul that will neve r be replaced. Veterans are willing to die fo r those we love, to protect our country, fellow Americans, our freedom and your wa y of life. When you come back to America, afte r serving in the military overseas, you need to have a reason for putting your life on th e line each day, a reason for getting injured, maimed, dismembered, etc. I want to offer my private land as a small private veterans retreat, as a token of my appreciation. I have hundreds of fellow vets who would like to come and visit Okeechobee and m y private land. Some are handicapped. Thes e folks are unfortunately neglected, however, they all love the great outdoors also, but no one seems to invite them! well I do, and I hope others will do the same! All veterans whether handicapped or not deserve a private place to enjoy the tranquility of a Grea t Oak Hammock. Kissimmee prairie preserv e and all the local activities. Visiting the locals here regenerates a ne w faith in humanity, by realizing there is still folks that live by integrity, honor, and famil y values. Living in the hustle and bustle of the inner city life becomes overwhelmingly stressful and we all know stress kills! Each Friday I anxiously anticipate the 5 o’clock bell. I jump in my truck and head to my private sanctuar y in the far north west corner of Okeechobe e County. My special place where I can sooth the soul and recapture a sense of peace and balance, reconnecting to the awesome healing power of mother nature. David A. Swart Friday, July 15, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! July Blood drives plannedThe “Big Red Bus” bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee for blood drives on the following dates: Friday, July 15 Walgreen’s, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, July 17 Golden Corral, 11-4 Friday, July 22 Health Dept. 11 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday, July 23 Day of the American Cowboy, Ag Center 10a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 IRSC Campus, 4-8 p.m.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011 Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 102. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Tonight: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance o f precipitation is 20 percent.Extended ForecastSaturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Saturday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the American Legion Post 64 Scholarship were Amanda Lamberti, Kayla Runyon, Preston Wiggins, Jr. and Cindy Wine. Scholarship awards were presented by Daniel Fennell, Jr. in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Bacon Bunch 4-H Scholarship were Amanda Harrison ($500), Cody Johns ($1,500), Jessica Stratton ($2,000), Meaghan Thomas ($2,000) and Kaysie Vick ($500). Scholarship awards were presented by Dean Prescott in the amounts from $500 to $2,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau/Young Farmer and Rancher Scholarship were Jacob Anuez, Kelsey Burnham, Heather Collier, Raybon Durance, Melissa Floyd, Megan Moore (not pictured), Alexus Peaden, Garrett Rucks, Brittany Scott, Andrew Selvey, James Sharpe III, Jayce Turgeon and Wayne (Trey) Watson III. Scholarship awards were presented by Trey Whitehurst in the amounts ranging from $250-$750. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Scholarship were Yanet Huerta and Jesus Nunez. Scholarship awards were presented by Andrew Bowers, Jr. in the amount of $2,500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Sims & Younger, CPA Scholarship was Victoria Bostic. The award was presented by Paula Younger in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the American Business Women’s Association/Women of Tomorrow Chapter Scholarship was Yanet Huerta. The award was presented by Cecilia Elliott and Marilyn Buxton in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Quinn Tindall Memorial Scholarship were Hayley Belding and Brittany Scott. Scholarship awards were presented by Joe Arnold in the amount of $250. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. 2011 Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night


Business Women’s group will meet July 15The monthly meeting site of The Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network has been changed. We will meet at 11:30 a,m, Friday, July 15 at a ‘new’ location--Beef O’Brady’s, 608 S. Parrott Ave. This group, open to all women, meets to share business knowledge, opportunities and friendships. You are invited and you will be welcomed.Babysitter training offeredThe Okeechobee Service Center of the American Red Cross will be holding their annual Babysitter Training class on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deadline to register is Friday, July 15 since space is limited! Youth, ages 11-15 years are invited to attend and the cost is $50. The class will be held at the Red Cross of ce located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register or for more information, please call 863-763-2488.VFW Post announces weekend plansVFW Post #4423 is the place to be. This Friday, July 15 there will be karaoke by Lisa from 7 until 10 p.m. The kitchen will be open from 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Spaghetti dinners will be available for just $5 each on Saturday. On Sunday, meatloaf dinners will be available from 2-4 p.m. for $6.50 donation. Karaoke by XXL Karaoke (Capt. Dennis) from 6-9 p.m. Come join us for the fun! Moose holding steak dinnerOn Friday, July 15 the Loyal Order of Moose, #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th Street, will serve a country fried steak dinner for only $5 per person from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner is being prepared by the Moose Legion. Music will be played by Carl Cable, from 7 to 10 p.m. Members and guests are welcome to attend.Legion hosts Friday Night dinner/KaraokeAmerican Legion Post 64 will have Friday night dinner starting at 5 until 8 p.m. We will have Fish, Chicken strips or a combo of both, we will also offer Country Fried stea k sandwich all meals come with French fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies. We will have karaoke hosted by BK productions Penny and Bobby, from 5 to 8 p.m. Happy hour is from 4 until 7 p.m. Everyone is Welcome.Jam Session open to local musiciansHuge Jam Session—Open Mike at Buckhead Ridge VFW, State Road 78 West, Saturday, July 16 starting time 7 p.m. All Musicians and Singers welcome. For more information call Buck at 863-763-8111 or 863-623-8566.VFW holds sh fryThe Buckhead Ridge VFW, Post 9528, Rt. 78 W. is holding “the best sh fry in town.” The date is Saturday, July 16 starting at 1 p.m. until .... Cost just $6. The menu is sh, fries, cole slaw and hush puppies. So come on in and have a great time! Call 863-4672882 with any questions.Amvets hold chicken BBQ and bike showAmvets, Post 200, and Amvets Riders will hold a Chicken BBQ & Bike Show on Saturday, July 16 at 1 p.m. at the Iron Eagle Bar on S.R. 78W. Menu serving is half a BBQ chicken, beans, and slaw for just $6 (delivery available). A bike show with rst, second and third mention for best bike will be held. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w Hoffman Barrus, 62CLEAR SPRING, Md. — Belva Hoffman Barrus, 62, of Clear Spring, Md., passed away Thursday, J uly 7, 2011, at her home. Born Sept. 25, 1949, in Ft. Pierce, Fla., and raised in Okeechobee, she was the daughter of the late Carl Cobern Hoffman and Ruth Helen (McCarty) Hoffman. She was employed by the W ashington Co. Board of Education for 26 y ears. She served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 y ears. She is survived by her son, Grant Jeffrey Barrus; twin granddaughters, Rachel L. Barrus and A nya K. Barrus; sisters, Betty (Leroy) Rucks, Donna Schultheiss, and Carla (Sonny) Crawford; and brother, Craig (Donna) Hoffman. A memorial service will be 7 p.m., today, July 15, 2011, at J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, Md. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to the Okeechobee Co. Public Library.Danny Ray Carter, 47 SEBRING — Danny Ray Carter, 47, of Sebring, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Sebring. He was born Feb. 29, 1964, to Joel Ray and Shirley Ann (Boney) Carter in Bartow, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. He was a heavy equipment operator in the construction business and a member of Corkscrew Baptist Church in Naples. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, shing and deep sea shing and especially enjoyed his family. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Boney Carter of Sebring; son, Jonathan Ray Carter; sisters, Bonny Lee Carter, Labelle; Laura “Missy” Kline (Robert) of Naples and Betty “BJ” Faircloth (Joseph) of Naples; step-brothers, Edwin Cooper and Randall Ennis of Avon Park; eight uncles; seven aunts; eight nieces; three nephews and one great-niece. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Carter; and grandparents, J.W. and Agnes Carter and Marvin and Emma Jane Boney. Funeral services will take place at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, with the Rev. Bob Kline of ciating. The family will receive friends the hour preceding the service, beginning at 11 a.m. Interment at Bassinger Cemetery will be immediately following the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring. 863-385-0125; www.stephensonnelsonfh.comEddie ‘Transman’ Keith, 46OKEECHOBEE — Eddie “Transman” Keith, age 46, of Okeechobee, passed away on July 10, 2011. Mr. Keith was born in Mobile, Ala., on Nov. 25, 1964, to Edward Keith, Sr., and Betty Miller. Eddie Keith was the owner and operator of Trans Pro Transmissions. He loved racing, shing and most of all hanging out with friends and family. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Keith, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Betty McClelland of Clewiston; his loving wife, Melody Keith of Okeechobee; brothers, Jamie McClelland (Joan) of Moore Haven, Benny McClelland (Meghan) of Ft. Meyers, William Williams (Lisa) of Sebring, and Phillip Bray of Ft. Lauderdale; sisters, Deanna Bray (Ron) of Ft. Myers; children, Tony Keith (Crystal) of Marianna, Crystalle Keith of Marianna, Devon Keith of Punta Gorda, Shannon Earhart Nunez of Marianna, Christopher Zeh, Okeechobee, Justin (Traci) Tallahassee, and Meagan Green of Okeechobee; seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Cremation entrusted to Buxton Seawind Funeral Home, Okeechobee, Memorial Service will be held at 904 SW 6th Avenue, on Saturday, July, 16 at 10 am. In lieu of owers, donations can be made for the family. Willis ‘Buck’ Elkins, 80OKEECHOBEE — Willis “Buck” Elkins, 80, of Okeechobee, formerly of Pikeville, Ky., passed away Friday, July 8, 2011, at Raulerson Hospital. He was born Jan. 17, 1931, at Heenon, Ky., to Adron and Nancy Ann Maynard Elkins. He was part owner of E & E Auto Clinic for over 30 years. He belonged to Trinity Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Elizabeth Lowe Elkins. He is survived by his sister, Zettie Lowe and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by the guys at E & E. Auto Clinic, Trinity Freewill Baptist Church and his many friends. Visitation and services were held at Phelps and Sons Funeral Home in Inez, Kentucky. Burial was at Lowe Cemetery in Kentucky. Friends may sign the guestbook at All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. I I n L o v i n g M e m o r y of A n g e l i c a D e l a C r u z Jan. 6, 1974 July 15, 2010We will always have you in ourhearts and memories. We love and miss you very much. Love, Your Family Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011 Sign guestbooks at




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He is being held in the Okeechobee County J ail in lieu of $200,000 bond. According to Detective Susan Morrison, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), the teen sought medical help because she thinks she may be pregnant by Melvin. However, Detective Morrison said Thursday morning that it’s too early to tell if she is actually pregnant. The detective’s arrest report states that OCSO Deputy Arlene Durbin handled the initial complaint then took the teen to speak w ith Detective Morrison. The teen reportedly told the detective that Melvin has had sexual relations with her over 100 times in the last four years. “This (abuse) happened in multiple jurisdictions in Florida,” said Detective Morrison. “I will now be contacting law enforcement agencies in these other counties.” Melvin did not threaten the teen with physical injury, stated the arrest report. He did tell her, however, that because he suffers from serious medical issues if she told anyone it could cause him to die. The victim reportedly told Detective Morrison that she tried to ght him the rst time but he pinned her down. “He placed his hand on her mouth and told her to shut up,” stated the arrest report. When asked, Detective Morrison said Melvin has some prior misdemeanor arrests in his history but nothing like the current charge against him. Detective Morrison went on to state that Melvin declined to speak to her about the case. The detective said the case is still under investigation. Man accused of having sex with teenage girl By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee men have been arrested for their alleged connection in a burglary in which a coin collection and gun was stolen. Matthew Clyde Hewitt, 21, N.E. Fifth St., was arrested Wednesday, July 13, on felony charges of armed burglary and grand theft. Johnathan Joseph Brooker, 20, S.E. 34th Ave., was arrested Monday, July 11, on felony charges of dealing in stolen property and defrauding a pawnbroker. Both men are being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of bond. Bond for each man has been set at $12,500. Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report that Hewitt was arrested for entering the home while Brooker was arrested for selling the coins at a local pawn shop. According to the detective, Brooker traded the stolen handgun for seven $20 cocaine rocks. The detective’s report goes on to state that the .38 caliber handgun has been recovered. The gun was found in a garbage can by OCSO Deputy Fred Bradley, added the report. Detective Shireman said the burglary occurred on June 10, while the homeowner was away, and the coins were pawned the next day for $200. The homeowner will now have to buy his coins back from the pawnbroker for $200. It’s not yet known exactly how much the coin collection is actually worth, said the detective. The case is still open and under investigation. Two charged in burglary Dock Melvin Jr. Matthew Hewitt Jonathan Brooker By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Approximately $51,000 in property damage was reported on July 7, after a trailer re at 7405 N.E. 5th Street, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue reported. Lt. Ron Suit said seven units and 14 remen responded around 9 p.m. and located a single wide mobile home nearly completely engulfed in ames. Firemen quickly battled the blaze and were on the scene for over three hours. There was no report of injury. The origin of the blaze was unknown and was under investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshall. The Okeechobee ofce of the American Red Cross assisted the Wendy Levine family and remen at the scene according to the incident report. Some 3,500 gallons of water were used to put out the ames, Lt. Suit said. Fire damages mobile home


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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Dowling Watford and Okeechobee Motor Company were honored in Tampa in June for their support of the Florida public education system. A ceremony was held for the 2011 Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Awards. Dr. Eric J. Smith presented awards to Mr. Watford and 80 other businesses in the state. Tuesday night, Mr. Watford received an award from the Okeechobee County School Board. Mr. Watford said he was truly humbled and honored to receive this award on behalf of Okeechobee Motor Company. “As a second generation graduate of Okeechobee High School it is a privilege to give back to the system that has given our family such a great education and continues to be an excellent educational resource for our children,” he said. “It was quite impressive to meet the Commissioner of Education. My dad and I are very humbled to receive this award,” he said. Mr. Watford said this is one of the most prestigious awards the company has ever received. He called it a great honor. “My dad taught me how great it was to serve people in the community. I’ve never been one to just sit on the sidelines and watch. I want to participate and help all I can and help students in the school system,” he said. Mr. Watford said Okeechobee has a great school system from the administration on down and the community is fortunate to have the staff and the people that we have in the schools. He added he was proud to support them. Mr. Watford has represented the company on many boards and advisory committees over the years. He is also an avid supporter of Brahman sports as he volunteers on the Booster Club. Okeechobee Motor Company provides vehicles at no cost to the driver education classes. Mr. Watford is also a member of the Okeechobee Battle eld Friends and a long-term member of the Okeechobee Cit y Council. Dr. Smith said he applauded the commitment Okeechobee Motor Company has given to the school system, “Excellent schools and effective learning environments do not occur by chance; they are built piece b y piece through great teaching, visionary leadership and ongoing community and stakeholder involvement and investment.” Mr. Smith said the many businesses honored by the state embody the type of commitment we need to make every one o f Florida’s schools a success. Okeechobee Motor Company honored for support of schools 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Mike & Sharon Wallace, of Okeechobee, FL., are pleased to announce the engagement of their oldest daughter, Katie Wallace, to Sam Dixon, youngest son of Chris & Connie Dixon of Seneca, SC. Grandparents of the bride are, Dee & Jean Wallace; sister of the bride is, Josie Wallace; and grandmother of the groom is, Pauline Davis. Katie is a full time student at Florida State University and is scheduled to graduate in December and continue onto Graduate school. Sam is also a full time student in Tallahassee. A November wedding is planned in Okeechobee. SAM DIXON ENGAGEMENT KATIE WALLACE R e c e i v e u p t o $ 1 3 0 0 i n R e b a t e s *w i t h t h e p u r c h a s e o f a q u a l i f y i n g L e n n o xH o m e C o m f o r t S y s t e m A N D u p t o $ 5 0 0 i n F e d e r a l T a x C r e d i t s * S p e c i a l F i n a n c i n g t h r o u g h G E M o n e y B a n k * o r CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include indep endently owned and operated businesses. 10 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDowling Watford (right)_ accepts award from Okeechobee School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy on Tuesday night. Summer Reading Program open at the Okeechobee LibraryJoin us at the Library for a Read S’more Books! program every Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. during July. This program is for children Kindergarten through fth grade, ages 5 to 12, siblings welcome. Parents or Caregivers must remain with their children during the program. This program consists of Camping Stories, Readers Theater, Craft Projects, and of course, Reading S’more Books! Rewards and Prizes will be given to Celebrate Reading Achievement. This program is provided free to the Public and No Registration is required. The Friends of the Okeechobee Library have generously provided the program materials.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Like Us on Facebook and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card fromUltimate Gamer S e a r c h  O k e e c h o b e e N e w s  o n F a c e b o o k t o f i n d u s 12 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenIt’s “rodeo week” at the Just Horsin’ Around Camp at the Okeechobee AgriCivic Center. The annual camp included three different weeks of activities, providing young riders from beginners to experienced to learn new skills and more about horses. The camp participants must bring their own horses to camp. The horses can stay in the stalls at the facility, but the campers go home in the evenings. On Wednesday, local cowboys were on hand to teach calf roping skills. Taylor Doolittle (photo above, left to right) tried to rope a metal calf under the watchful eye of Shelby Carden and Stephen Wojcieszak. (Photo below left) Morgan Brandel eagerly waited her turn to try to rope the “calf.” (Photo below right) Aubrey Homes and Jenna Brown relaxed with their horses while watching other campers work on their calf roping skills. Many of the campers are members of the local 4-H horse clubs, and earned scholarships to help offset the cost of the camp by participating in 4-H fundraisers during the school year. The camp was open to all children ages 8-18. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenLeft to right, Bri Hancock, Jessie Burkhalter, Aubrey Wojcieszak and Laranda Southerland take a break on horseback to chat in the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The girls are among the campers who have been enjoying the third week of the Just Horsin’ Around Camp, sponsored by the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce. Campers enjoy rodeo week at annual horse camp


The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Ralph A. Wolfenbarger, 54, N.W. 151st Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 7 by Deputy Keith Murrish on a Glades County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of a controlled substance. He is being held without bond. Michael Howard Mitchum Jr., 32, N.E. 11th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested July 8 by Deputy John Hazy on a charge of aggrav ated battery on a pregnant person. He was released on his own recognizance. Miguel Alan Rodrigues, 25, S.E. 36th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 8 by Deputy J ohn Ashby on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. Moses Ramirez-Martinez, 24, S.R. 70, Lake Placid, was arrested July 9 by Of cer Lawrence Parzygnat on a Highlands County warrant charging him with grand theft-motor vehicle. His bond was set at $1,000. Robert Arthur Sallette, 49, S.E. 47th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a warrant charging him with violation of parole robbery habitual offender. He is being held without bond. Chad Frederick Edwards, 33, Military Trail, Jupiter, was arrested July 11 by FWC's Of cer Jeff Goggin on a felony charge of trespass by projectile. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of illegal taking of a deer, road hunting and driving while license suspended/revoked. His bond was set at $2,500. Daniel T. Arcuri, 40, S.E. 24th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Keith Murrish on an Okeechobee County amended felony warrant charging him with violation of probation driving while license suspended and violation of probation petit theft. He is being held without bond. Roberto Discua, 22, St. Johns Circle, Fern Park, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Heath Hughes on a Seminole County warrant charging him with grand theft-motor vehicle. His bond was set at $1,000. Larry Alan Claycomb, 35, S.E. 24th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery and attempted robbery with a rearm or deadly weapon. He is being held without bond. Krystal Yvonne Smith, 27, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond. Anthony David Bormuth, 23, N.E. 106th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by FWC's Of cer Jeff Goggin on a felony charge of trespass by projectile. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of taking deer during closed season and attempting to take wildlife from right of way. He was released on his own recognizance. Eric Andrew Pena, 22, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Howard Pickering on a felony charge of dealing in stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond was set at $20,250. Regina Marie Hines, 32, N.E. 67th Parkway, Okeechobee, was arrested July 12 b y Deputy Heath Hughes on a St. Lucie Count y warrant charging her with obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. Her bond was set at $25,000. Frederick Gordineer III, 24, N.E. 103rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 12 b y Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation grand theft (two counts). He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONTINUE IMPOSITION AND PROVIDE FOR SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SPECIAL ASSESSMENTSPURSUANTTO FLORIDASTATUTES 197.3632, NOTICE IS HEREBYGIVEN by the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida, will conduct a public hearing to consider continuing the imposition of annual solid waste collection special assessments for the provision of residential solid waste collection and disposal services within the incorporated area of the City of Okeechobee, Florida. The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to file written objections with the City Council within twenty (20) days of this notice. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerks Office at 863-7633372 for assistance. Copies of the Solid Waste Collection, Disposal and Assessment Ordinance No. 784 and all subsequent Assessment Resolutions are available for inspection at the Office of the City Clerk located at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Room 100, Okeechobee, Florida, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays. The assessments are a non-ad valorem assessment and will be collected by the Tax Collector in the same manner as your ad valorem tax bill, to be mailed in November 2011, as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes. Failure to pay the assessments will cause a tax certificate to be issued against the property, which may result in a loss of title. By: James E. Kirk, Mayor Attest: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 10%offTotal Dinner of$25 or More Dine in only 50%offbuy 1 entree & 2 beverages receive the second entree of equal or lesser value at 50% off. With this coupon Not valid with any other offer. 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Judge Belanger sentenced Rembert to 10 months on each count, with each count to run concurrently. Man gets 10 months for violating probation Pardell Rembert American Red cross seeks disaster services volunteers!The American Red Cross is looking for Disaster Services Volunteers for this Hurricane Season! There are 4 main areas where volunteers are needed: Shelter Operations, Mass Care Feeding, Damage Assessment, Administrative Functions. All necessary training is free of charge, and a background check will be required. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help your local community residents in times of disaster, please call your Okeechobee Branch of ce at 863-763-2488.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 15 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011


Assistant Manager Turnpike C-Store Florida Turnpike Services is seeking an assistant manager for our gas and C-store at the Ft. Drum service plaza on Florida’s Turnpike. The successful candidate will train to supervise staff and represent our company working the 3-11 shift and weekends. A competitive starting wage will increase as the applicant demonstrates a commitment to the position and learns operational responsibilities. Bene ts include paid vacation and transportation reimbursement. Advancement opportunities exist for motivated individuals as our company opens new stores which are currently under construction. Convenience store/retail experience and a strong commitment to customer service are required. Management or supervisory experience is preferred. Applicants must pass a drug screen and background check. Submit resume to When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. NOTICEIndependent 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 check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 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 of 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. For more listings, go to Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ YardSales 1423 SW 19th Terrace (Echo Estates) Sat. 16th 7 am till noon Furniture, clothes, Baby items, antiques, quilts, yard stuff way too much to list. OKEECHOBEE 1104 SW 2ND ST, SATURDAY, JULY 16, 9:00 AM TILL 4:00 PM. “ALL GROWN UP” GIRLS CLOTHES AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS. ALL MUST GO! TREASURE ISLAND 3035 SE 36th Ave, July 16th & July 17th, 8:30am til 4pm. Lots of stuff. Tools, bikes, PS2/games, Ninendo/games, Christmas stuff, PC games, shing items, computer moniters, TV’s, and lots more! ServicesLicensed Practical Nurse Seeking Position as Caregiver/Companion Full or Part Time Reasonable Rates CALL KAREN GRANT at 863-357-1636 SpecialNotice Surrogate (Gestational) Mother Wanted Local loving couple seeks an amazing women to give the gift of carrying our biological child. Requirements: Must have had at least one uncomplicated pregnancy. No Smoking, drinking or drugs of any kind. Good heart for the right reasons. Living expenses/compensation to be discussed privately in accordance with Florida Statues. Serious quali ed individual only. Please Call 561-797-0246 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds For more listings, go to Employment Full Time Healthy Families OkeechobeeFAMILY SUPPORT WORKERHelp families succeed! Bilingual (Spanish/English) position providing educational home visits to families with newborns in Okeechobee County. Comp pay. Apply Helping People Succeed, Inc. 1100 S. E. Federal Hwy. Stuart or Fax resume (772)320-0180 or to careers@hps .org. DFW/EOE. Software Company needs BOOKKEEPER FT/PT. Quickbooks Exp. Fax to 863-357-8302. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Employment Full Time Live in Nanny …………. Room / board/ weekly salary/ most weekends off. Privacy, your own bathroom/ bedroom/ Television with cable. Must be able to handle children ages 18 months – 13 years. All inquires should be submitted to silvermoon@sil and reference “Nanny Position” in subject line. Equal opportunity employer with pre-employment background check and drug test requirements. For more listings, go to For more listings, go to RealEstate Services Ride by and see beautiful 2 bedroom duplex. All new remodeled interior. 2 bdrm 2 porches $650 1002 SE 8th Drive washer/dryer Call anytime (772)231-4919 For more listings, go to Buildings& ShedsCovered carport and screened in Aluminum porch with shed all in excellent condition. You take down and move $3,000 OBO call for more info (315)486-0935 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Shop here first! The classified ads Computer/ SuppliesHP Computer Desktop, complete with everything plus windows XP, web cam, speakers and all disks and books. $125.00/firm. (863)357-0155 ToolsWelder For Sale 10,000 BTU with extra, 25 hours. $2,500 or best offer Call 863-801-2852 For more listings, go to Apartments 1,2 or 3 Bedroom Apartments For Rent and Yearly RV Spots for Rent located by 15b and 441. Call 561-386-5636 or 561-968-2083 Apartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2 BA Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Apartments in City 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances, W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 $600 mo., $300 Sec. Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 Dixie Ranch Acres area, 2 br. duplex. Clean, quiet, $500/mo includes water and lawn maintenance $200 deposit. NO DOGS Call 863-610-0001 Apartments FURNISHED APT ON WATER Including all utilities, some restrictions, apply by appt. only. (863)357-2044 leave name and number if no answer. IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area, $650/mo 1st & Sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 KISSIMMEE RIVER 1 Bdrm., 1 Bath, fully furnished, Dock, includes utilities, Dish TV, WI FI & local phone service. $650 mo. + sec. (863) 467-1950. Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, washer, dryer, patio, very clean. $700 + rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3313. OKEE Huge, Clean, 2BR, 2BA inside laundry, $725/month. First, last, Sec. Call 772-215-0098 OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses Rent TAYLOR CREEK CONDO 1/1 Power/water/sewer/pool included. $725 per mo. 1st mo. FREE! Call 863-824-0981 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Houses-Rent 2bd/2ba Den and Fl room on 5 acres. Rent with option to buy. Between Indiantown and Okeechobee. $995.00 monthly Call 772-260-3068 3 Bedroom 1 Bath private home, 2 carports and garage, fully furnished, washer & dryer $1000 monthly (954)658-0108 1008 SW 2nd Ave Okee. 3BR 2BA beautiful ranch home located 12 miles from town. Lawn, trash, and water included. $650/mo. Pasture available. Call for move in special Mon. Fri. (863)467-9800. No Pets. Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br clean, quiet $700/mo. water & lawn care included. $200 security. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 TREASURE ISLAND 3br/2ba (CBS on the water). Nice area. Small pets OK. $1100 (561)262-1390. OfficeSpace Rent2300 sq.ft. Beautiful Historic Commercial Rental, 1 block off State Rd. 70, highly visible from highway. $1500 per mo. (863)447-0092 RoommateWANT SOMEONE TO SHARE 3/2 mobile home. $80/wk Call (772)332-6180 VacationRentals Choose from 2/2 or 1/1 Beautifully furnished rentals located at River Bluff Fishing Resort on the Kissimmee River. With or without utilities. Call today, You’ll thin k your on vacation!(863)467-4317 16 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town.


For more listings, go to Houses Sale2 Houses on 5 acres with pond asking $239,900 Call 772-260-3068 CBS 3/2/2, Metal Roof, Screen Porch, Corner Lot, Patio,Sprinklers,Freshly painted in/out, Space for Motor Home and Boat. Ideal investment or starter home,asking $69,800 Owner 863-763-7998 Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land SaleDixie Ranch Acres 1 Acre lots $9,000 $500 down Owner Financing Call 863-763-6358 For more listings, go to Mobile Home LotsMOBILE HOME LOT ONLY Fence, City Water, Electric, Pad, Septic Tank 50’x127’, Shade Trees NW 2nd St $7,500 Call 763-4588 After 10 am. Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $125 A Week Call 863-610-4625 ORTONA AREA, River Oaks SD 3br/2ba doublewide. Lease $650 mo No pets, references $650 security 863-675-8445 TREASURE ISLAND 3/2, large yard. Clean. On water. Move in now for $900, rst month free! $725/mo inclds lawn service. 863-824-0981 Mobile HomeSale1990 ? mobile home 12x45 good for farm or camp pretty good shape must move from lot 1500. lorida. (561)310-1443 or (561)626-0541 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Palm Harbor Homes Repo’s/Used Homes/Short Sales 3 or 4 Bedroom Doublewides Wont Last!! 3,500-50K Call Today! 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to Motorcycles2004 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic in Smokey Gold/Black Two Tone, Screaming Eagle Exhaust w/Free Breather, Lot of Chrome, A Must See. Only 9800 Miles Garage Kept Real Clean. Call For App. 863-697-1636. Asking $12,995.00 2007 Honda SHADOW 600CC Black with windshield and leather saddlebags. New tire and battery. Just been serviced and has new tire and battery. Ready to ride with 2 helmets. $3,500.00 (863)801-5078 or (863)381-4992 For more listings, go to Automobiles2008 PRIUS 55mpg@55mph. Immaculate, new tires & transferable Factory 7/100 Warranty $16,995 Will take reliable pickup partial trade(example:90-93 S-10 under 100,000=$2,500 Photos on (516) -318-3515 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Pickup Trucks1996 FORD RANGER XLT 5 spd manual, New Tires, New Clutch, Cold A/C, New Sony Stereo w/ In nity Speakers, Royal Blue. Runs Great! $1,200 (561)758-1628 For more listings, go to Public Notice TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Technical Review Committee of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact Betty Clement at 863-763-3372, or website, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, City Administrator 391829 ON 7/15/2011 CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 391826 ON 7/15/2011 NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, July 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR’s). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 391828 ON 7/15/2011 School Board Executive Session and Negotiations The Okeechobee County School Board will meet in closed Executive Session on Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. in the of ce of the Superintendent, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. The meeting is for School Board members, their attorney, and chief negotiator to prepare to continue negotiations with Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 regarding Race To The Top and Senate Bill 736. The School Board and Education Association will resume negotiations at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2011, and will continue as needed on Friday, July 22, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public and will be held in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 392426 ON 7/15,17/2011 Public Notice Okeechobee County School Board Meetings July 21 and July 28, 2011 The Okeechobee County School Board will meet on July 21, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., to consider advertisement of proposed millage rates and the proposed budget for 2011-12. The School Board will meet on July 28, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., for a public hearing to consider adoption of tentative millage rates and the tentative budget for 2011-12. Both meetings will be in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, and both meetings are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 390839 ON 7/13,15/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on July 28, 2011. Owner Unit # Ballard, Wayne 76 Blake, Keith 651 Huggins, Laura 427 392499 ON 7/15,22/2011 Public Notice ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT GIVES NOTICE OF INTENDED DISTRICT DECISION The District gives notice of its intent to approve of the Compliance Report(s) of the following permittee(s) and to modify the terms and/or conditions of the existing Consumptive Water Use Permit(s) described below at the District’s Governing Board meeting on August 9, 2011. Mr Walter D Randall, PO Box 12663, Fort Pierce, FL 34979, application #10868. The District proposes to authorize the continued use of 0.62 million gallons per day(mgd) on a 5-year rolling average, with up to 0.87 mgd in any given year to irrigate pasture, 0.01 mgd to water livestock, and 0.14 mgd to irrigate citrus. The withdrawals used by this proposed project will consist of groundwater from FAS Upper Floridan Aquifer via 21 active wells in Okeechobee County, located in Sections: 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9, Township: 34 South, Range: 36 East, known as Sunny Grove Ranch. If you wish to receive a copy of a Technical Staff Report (TSR) that provides the District staff’s analysis on the above-listed compliance report(s) and associated permit(s), please submit your request to: Director of Regulatory Support, P.O. Box 1429, Palatka, FL 32178-1429. Once a TSR becomes available, you may also review it by going to the Permitting section of the District’s website at To obtain information on how to nd and view a TSR, visit, and then follow the directions provided under “How to nd a Technical Staff Report (TSR) or other application le documents.” A person whose substantial interests are or may be affected has the right to request an administrative hearing by ling a written petition with the St. Johns River Water Management District (District). Pursuant to Chapter 28-106 and Rule 40C-1.1007, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), the petition must be led (received) either by delivery at the of ce of the District Clerk at District Headquarters, P. O. Box 1429, Palatka Florida 32178-1429 (4049 Reid St., Palatka, FL 32177) or by e-mail with the District Clerk at, within twenty-six (26) days of the District depositing the notice of intended District decision in the mail (for those persons to whom the District mails actual notice), within twenty-one (21) days of the District emailing notice of intended District decision (for those persons to whom the District emails actual notice), or within twenty-one (21) days of newspaper publication of the notice of intended District decision (for those persons to whom the District does not mail or email actual notice). A petition must comply with Sections 120.54(5)(b)4. and 120.569(2)(c), Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Chapter 28-106, F.A.C. The District will not accept a petition sent by facsimile (fax). Mediation pursuant to Section 120.573, F.S., is not available. A petition for an administrative hearing is deemed led upon receipt of the complete petition by the District Clerk at the District Headquarters in Palatka, Florida during the District’s regular business hours. The District’s regular business hours are 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and District holidays. Petitions received by the District Clerk after the District’s regular business hours shall be deemed led as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular District business day. The District’s acceptance of petitions led by email is subject to certain conditions set forth in the District’s Statement of Agency Organization and Operation (issued pursuant to Rule 28-101.001, Florida Administrative Code), which is available for viewing at These conditions include, but are not limited to, the petition being in the form of a PDF or TIFF le and being capable of being stored and printed by the District. Further, pursuant to the District’s Statement of Agency Organization and Operation, attempting to le a petition by facsimile (fax) is prohibited and shall not constitute ling. The right to an administrative hearing and the relevant procedures to be followed are governed by Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, Chapter 28-106, Florida Administrative Code, and Rule 40C1.1007, Florida Administrative Code. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means the District’s nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Failure to le a petition for an administrative hearing within the requisite time frame shall constitute a waiver of the right to an administrative hearing. (Rule 28-106.111, F.A.C.). If you wish to do so, please visit http:// to read the complete Notice of Rights to determine any legal rights you may have concerning the District’s intended decision(s) on the compliance report(s) described above. You can also request the Notice of Rights by contacting the Director of Regulatory Support (RS), 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177-2529, tele. no. (386)329-4268. Victor Castro, Division Director, Regulatory Support St. Johns River Water Management District 392410 ON 7/15/2011 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 17 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011 allow customers to congregate on public sidewalks and can’t accept cash only as payment. There was no public comment on the proposed ordinance. The nal public hearing is July 28, at 6 p.m. The commissioners also heard a presentation from Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian Cartland. He reported that Chamber membership has grown from 30 to over 70 businesses. He said three companies, one in manufacturing, one in wholesale manufacturing, and one in hospitality that would invest a total of just over $3 million are in the works this year for Okeechobee County. The chamber also has worked with three agriculture businesses, one wholesale distributor and three renewable energy rms for possible projects in Okeechobee County. The proposed capitol investment would be $66.8 million, he continued. The county failed in one grant effort for the Outdoor Village Project and the project has been delayed, but is not dead, he told Commissioners. “We are starting to see some more projects come along. The future direction is to do more marketing outside of the area,” he said. Mr. Cartland explained the initial phase focused on retail. Entertainment venues are no w the focus for the rst phase o f the project. “Having the entertainment in place might make a case that there will be foot trafc to support the retail. It is still a long-term project,” he said. In other business, the board learned candidates will be interviewed for the position o f Okeechobee County Health Department Director in August. The goal is to have a director in mid September. The commission will have an appointment on the interview committee. The annual State Legislative Delegation meeting will be held on Oct. 12. Legislative priorities for the county include repeal o f a law that requires certain septic tank inspections and upgrades, and the shift of the driver’s license function from the state to local level. Commissioners said it is likely the county will have to subsidize the costs o f this service. The Tax Collector would take over the operation in Okeechobee by 2015 perhaps sooner. Celeste Smith Watford said she would agree to take on the responsibility. She noted the County would need to nd a facility. The commissioners discussed future redistricting of state legislation districts. Okeechobee County has two state representatives and two state senators and would like to keep that number of legislators to work on Okeechobee issues in Tallahassee. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 National Day of the Cowboy CelebrationThe public is invited to the National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration to be held on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center! Gates will open Friday night at 6 p.m. with a ranch rodeo and festivities ending at midnight. Saturday the gates open at 3 p.m. with the cattle drive beginning at 4 p.m. at Eli’s Western Wear and ending at the AgriCivic Center where all the festivities will go on until midnight. Vendor forms can be picked up at the Main Street Of ce located at 111 Northeast Second Street.OCRA sign ups set for July 23Sign ups for football will be held at the sports complex score tower on July 23 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. for ages 8 to 14. The OCRA website is at Okeechobee Christian ChurchWe at Okeechobee Christian Church are going inside out & upside down on main street this year for VBS and would love for you to join us! The fun begins July 25-29, at 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m. Visit the website at: to register online or call 863-467-7858 for information on the registration event.VFW Post to celebrate Christmas in JulyVFW Post 10539 will celebrate Christmas in July on Saturday, July 23, at 5 p.m. with a traditional turkey dinner for a donation of $6. Proceeds from the fundraiser will bene t “Unmet Needs.” Entertainment will be provided by Cheyenne at 7 p.m.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Bartow scored eight unanswered runs to defeat Okeechobee for the second time and eliminate the local all-stars from the AA pitching machine Dixie Youth baseball state tournament Tuesday night. Okeechobee still had a wonderful tournament with three victories in ve games. Okeechobee had things going early on in the game as they tried to avenge a 10-9 loss on Saturday to the Bartow squad. After Noah Jones gave Bartow a 1-0 lead in the rst, Okeechobee responded with a three-run third highlighted by a two-run double by Landon Craig and an RBI single by Tucker Kesner. Bartow cut the lead to 3-2 in the third but Okeechobee responded again with a three run rally in the fourth inning. The onslaught was highlighted by an RBI triple by Braison Crews, and an RBI single by Kase Myers. Justin Comfort added an RBI single to make it 6-2. Bartow rescued their hopes with four run rallies in both the third and fourth innings. Austin Breeden and Matthew Deltone had RBI singles in the third and Jonathan Bastine added a two run single in the fourth. Okeechobee was unable to respond as they failed to score in the fth and sixth innings. Okeechobee defeated Holmes County, West Volusia, and East Lakeland during the tournament in Brooksville. On Monday, Okeechobee defeated East Lakeland 9-7 in a thriller, and then held off West Volusia, 10-7. Okeechobee played games for close to four hours as their supporters cheered them on against two quality opponents. Justin Comfort opened the game against Lakeland with a rst inning RBI single. After Okeechobee fell behind 2-1 in the rst, Okeechobee responded with four runs in the third. Key hits included an RBI single by Gavin Driggers, a two-run single by Comfort, and an RBI single by Jacob Hardy. Comfort also made a nice catch in the out eld as East Lakeland rallied to cut the de cit to 5-3 in the third. Okeechobee put four more runs on the board in the fourth thanks to an RBI single by Case Myers, a two-run double by comfort, and an RBI single by Hardy. East Lakeland scored twice in the fth and two more in the seventh on a throwing error to make it interesting. Landon Craig gloved the nal out to save the game for Okeechobee. In the night cap Myers had a two-run triple and Driggers an RBI single as Okeechobee rallied from a 7-5 de cit to defeat West Volusia. Bryce Avant had an RBI ground out for Okeechobee in the fth inning while Driggers added an RBI double in the sixth inning. Driggers made the nal defensive play o f the game when he corralled a deep y ball in the sixth for Okeechobee. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee BUYER BROKERAGE CO. OF OKEECHOBEE P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973 1039 S.E. 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Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 18 Okeechobee News July 15, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee 13 year old all stars advanced to the nal ve in the state Monday night with an impressive 12-2 victory over Wildwood. Elijah Finney pitched a complete game to lead Okeechobee to their second win in as many days at the tournament in Sebring. At the plate, Layton Thomas had a pair of RBI doubles, Cody Mostetter had two hits and two runs batted in and Jarred Morgan had a two-run double. Okeechobee jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and were never threatened by Wildwood who was eliminated from the tournament. While Okeechobee took advantage of their opportunities to score, Wildwood was kept at bay by Finney. He left two runners on base in the rst and third and fourth innings. He only allowed an RBI double to Nick Gulina in the fourth and a harmless run in the seventh when the game had basically been decided. Spring Hill continued an unbeaten run at the Jr. Dixie boys State Tournament Wednesday night with an impressive 10-0 victory over Okeechobee. The loss eliminated Okeechobee and moved Spring Hill onto the championship game to decide the best team of 13 year old players in Florida. Jarred Morgan was hit hard in the rst two innings as Spring Hill jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the rst inning and never trailed in the game. Jacob Murray pitched a strong game for Spring Hill. He led off the bottom of the rst inning and scored on a sacri ce y by Thomas Solantino. Matt Clark added a elder's choice and an RBI, and a third run scored on a throwing error by Okeechobee. Spring Hill made it 8-0 in the second inning thanks to ve consecutive singles against Morgan as ten batters came to the plate. Armando Rodriguez relieved with one out and the bases loaded. He retired two batters but not before the game got out of hand. Five of the Spring Hill players were on the Ozone team Florida State Champions last year that advanced to the World Series in Louisiana. Spring Hill also boasted the only female in the tournament, Mary Anne Sparacea, who had an RBI single during a ve run second inning rally. Jr. Dixie Boys defeat Wildwood, fall to Spring Hill Okeechobee AA All-stars fall in state tournament "It was THIS big." That's a line every angler has used at some point to describe the size of their catch. Now, thanks to the BoatUS Angler "Catch of the Month" photo contest, honest anglers can submit a photo of their sh for all to see online at and nally put to rest any speculation about the size of the "big one." Submitting a photo could also win you a bunch of prizes from BoatUS Angler, a program from the nation's largest boat owners group that helps anglers spend more time on the water and less time worrying about breakdowns on the water or road. Open to all, the contest runs through October. Anglers can also check out all of the photos submitted at ‘Big sh’ photo contest open to all American Legion hosts NASCAR SundayThis Sunday bring a covered dish and watch the race with us at the American Legion Post 64 from 1 p.m. until the race is over. Happy hour from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When a local woman tried to mitigate her situation in front of Circuit Court J udge Robert Belanger she actually did more damage than good. Stephanie Michelle Starcher, 27, N.W. 47th Terrace, was in circuit court W ednesday, July 13, for sentencing following her arrest for violation of community control. After hearing testimony and statements from Starcher that he called “implausible,” J udge Belanger sentenced the woman to 36 months in prison. She will receive credit for the 178 days already served in the Okeechobee County Jail. Starcher was initially arrested in January of 2009 during an undercover drug operation in which a total of ve people were arrested and a large amount of powder cocaine was seized. Taking part in the operation was the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, the Glades County Sheriff’s Of ce and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. She was later placed on community control and house arrest, but allegedly violated terms of her community control when she failed a drug test. She told Judge Belanger on Wednesday that she failed the drug test because she took a prescription pill for back pain. She said the pill was given to her by her cousin and she didn’t ask what it was. “I’m sorry, I made a mistake,” she said. “I didn’t know what it was.” However, her Department of Corrections probation of cer told the judge that statement wasn’t correct. Of cer Joseph Cracchiola testi ed in open court that Starcher told him prior to taking the urinalysis that she had taken a roxicodone pill. The urinalysis indicated that she had, indeed, taken the painkiller. After Judge Belanger had heard testimony, it was his turn to talk. He said sometimes people make statements trying to help themselves but, in Starcher’s case, her statements did anything but help. “What you just told me under oath is utterly implausible. It’s insulting to my intelligence,” he said. “I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck—I’ve been doing this for a quarter of a century.” He then pronounced sentence and sent Starcher off to prison. A task force arrest report stated that an undercover of cer went to a home on S.W. 15th St. in Okeechobee and purchased 2 ounces of suspected powder cocaine with marked money. The powder was later eld tested and indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine. In that home were Starcher; Clemente Baltazar, 29; and Iva Jean Maya, 34. Baltazar was charged with traf cking in cocaine and child endangerment, while Maya was charged with traf cking in cocaine and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. There were three children—ages 5, 4 and a baby under the age of 1—in the home. Detectives later searched the home and found suspected marijuana, suspected cocaine and a large sum of U.S. currency— including the marked money used to make the buy, stated the report. The report went on to add that some of the marked money was in the possession of Baltazar’s 5-year-old son. W oman’s ‘implausible’ story sends her to prison By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An alleged alcoholic w as arrested after he reportedly broke into a now-defunct nightclub and took $455 in liquor. James Marshall Hill, 47, Okeechobee, was arrested Saturday, July 9, on felony charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and grand theft. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. Hill is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $8,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Marcus Collier, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that after seeing a glass door broken out at the club he began to walk tow ard the door. As he neared the open door, a man approached the door from the inside of the building. The deputy’s report stated that the man was carrying a bucket and a backpack and was wearing gloves. According to Deputy Collier, the man said he was riding his bicycle and noticed the open door and, because he’s an alcoholic, he went into the club to get some liquor. The deputy’s report went on to state that he found a small sledge hammer, a broom, a ashlight and eight bottles of liquor in the backpack the man was carrying. Four more bottles of booze were found in a 5-gallon bucket also being carried by the suspect, added the report. Deputy Collier took the bottles of liquor and returned them to an associate of the club owner, who then took the bottles back inside the bar. 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