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Title: Okeechobee news
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 07-17-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 86 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.15 feetLast Year: 14.22 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Clemons honored with Keeper of the Cowboy Award ... Page 8 W oman accused of passing fake $100 bill ... Page 7 House re causes $70,000 in damages ... Page 3 DEA scam terri es intended victimsBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A new scam hit Okeechobee Tuesday afternoon and left two women terri ed and crying, said a detective with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO). According to Detective Susan Morrison, a man called the women and identi ed himself as Agent Bill Taylor with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He then told each woman that he knew they had purchased drugs online and if they didn't immediately send his agency $4,500, they would be arrested. Phone scam targets women Okeechobee News/ File photoThe 2010 Day of the Cowboy cattle drive included this jail wagon, courtesy of the Seminole Tribe. Okeechobee Main Street and the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association invite the public to a National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration at the Agri-Civic Center, (emtramce off SR 710) on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. This event is part of the annual National Day of the Cowboy, Day of the Cowboy events planned Friday & SaturdaySee COWBOY Page 18 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Last Friday's seizure of the downtown chamber o f commerce building raised more questions than answers. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seized the building due to liens for back taxes. Even though the building's former occupant, the Okeechobee County Chamber o f Commerce is a nonpro t organization, it had paid employees and was required to pay payroll taxes. The chamber has been inactive for some time. It has been well over a year since the last general membership meeting was held. It appears that invoices for membership have not been sent out in more than two years. The Okeechobee News, a long time chamber member, last received a membership renewal in December of 2008. According to the chamber's bylaws, it would take a vote of the board of directors to dissolve the organization. In a previous interview with the Okeechobee News, Matthew Buxton, president of the board of directors, stated that he had not been able to contact the other board members to arrange a meeting to dissolve the chamber. Since that time he has reportedly resigned Chamber seizure raises questionsSee SCAM Page 18 See CHAMBER Page 10


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Peter Repak Memorial Scholarship was given to a deserving Okeechobee High School graduating senior this year. Pete Repak was born in West Wyoming, PA, son of Ukrainian immigrants. His father was a coalminer. Pete was one of sixteen children, in the middle group. He was the first to graduate high school and the only one to graduate college: The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This was free to men and women who had served in the Armed Forces during World War II, the G.I. Bill.Ž Pete had enlisted immediately upon graduation. He served under General George Pattons 3rd Army Division Corps of Engineers in Europe. They bridged the Rhine River with Pontoons, after the Germans had blown up all the bridges in their retreat. Pete drove a supply truck in convoy. One evening part of the convoy drove into a small village for the night, they parked around the town square, each driver went to sleep in his truck, in the morning all were dead, except Pete, from a snipers bullet in a nearby Church steeple. God had a plan for his life. Upon graduation from G.W.U. he took a supervisory position with the D.C. Government, E.P.A.for 20 years. During this time he met and married Beverly Hickman, they had seven children. When Beverly began employment at the American University, all children could attend free of charge. Pete insisted on all of his children taking some form of higher education after high school. He was a faithful husband and loving father, always available to listen to their problems and concerns. After his retirement in 1980, he and Beverly toured the country in their R.V. (Whenever a grandchild was born, he had to be th ere to bring him or her home from the hospital. At his demise in 2010, th ere were twenty grandchildren! Belonging to a camping organization brought them to the Big OŽ Resort and Okeechobee in 1995. He fell in love with it! He bought a site on the rim canal, where he could fish at anytime. Once there he never wanted to leave except for 1-2 weeks to visit with children. He loved the big WadersŽ birds who came everyday to be fed pieces of hot dogs. Bird food was always available to the flocks of birds who would come daily. He covered all the ground around his Park Model in flowers and would wave and talk to passerby's, as he planted and watered. The birds became so comfortableŽ with him, they would eat out of his hand! Even as he approached senility, he could be seen outside at 7 a.m., watering the flowers in his undershorts! More than anything else, however, even life itself, he loved the Lord. Every year from 1965 to the present day, the love between them grew. (He explained how he talkedŽ to God in his garden, on the dock, in his boat.) His philosophy had been and taught wife and children: If you cant say something nice about someone, you dont say anything at all.Ž He lived it! Everyone who knew him, knew his sense of humor, quick to laugh, never complained and walked away from arguments. All his children and grandchildren rose up to honor him at his funeral at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus where he had served so faithfully in the Knights of Columbus. He is sorely missed; but we will see him again! Its a Promise!! H a p p y H e a v e n l y B i r t h d a y P e t e y L o v e B a b e Amemorial Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2011 in St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, Chobee Loop, Buckhead Ridge. Asupper will follow in the hall. RSVP, Beverly 2 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 O u r f o c u s i s t o m a k e y o u c o m f o r t a b l e www.qualityacokee.com467-1545Repairs must be made by us to receive the free diagnostics. This offer valid Monday Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 PM. Does not apply to holidays, overtime or travel charges (if applicable). Offer Expires July 31, 2011. Call for details.Clip this ad and receive a FREEdiagnostics. ($75 value) Lic # CAC029420 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Lalo Rodriguez continued to do well in arm wrestling this year as he competed for the third time in the Florida Police and Fire Games held on the Treasure Coast in June. Rodriguez competed in events like men’s softball, the bass shing tournament, horseshoes, bowling, and arm wrestling during the games, which are modeled after the Olympics. He took home a silver medal in the two man horseshoes, a gold medal in horseshoes, a gold medal for arm wrestling with his left hand, and a silver medal for arm w restling with his right hand. He also won a silver medal in pairs bowling. His partner in horseshoes and bowling w as his brother, Okeechobee County Fire Paramedic Robert Rodriguez. “I really enjoyed it this year. I feel it de nitely helps to stay in shape. You have to keep up your physical condition, and it’s a lot of fun,” he said. Rodriguez keeps himself in shape by shing, hog hunting and playing in various softball leagues each year. He also plays ag football. He has been a reman for four years for the City Fire Department. He also competed in the bass shing tournament at Roland Martin Marina with Okeechobee City Fire Chief Herb Smith. He also played men’s softball at the Police and Fire Games with Dale Hardy, Matt Crawford and Jason Hickman of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. Rodriguez really takes pride in his medals in arm wrestling. He said every year it gets tougher to get medals because the athletes are younger and stronger. “That event is something I won’t give up unless I break my arm. I try to go every year and defend my title,” he said. Firemen win medals at Police and Fire Games Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLalo Rodriguez competed in the Police and Fire Games and carried away six medals earned including two gold and four silver medals. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News About $70,000 in damage was done Sunday by a re in a SE 31st Street residence, Okeechobee County Firemen reported. Paramedic Olie Hedrick said six units and 12 remen were dispatched to 2605 SE 31st Street and found black smoke coming out the eves on the northwest corner of the home. Firemen immediately battled the blaze and had it extinguished in about 10 minutes. About 500 gallons of water was used to ght the blaze. Hedrick said the Sheriffs Department was on the scene to try and get a person out of the home. He said an individual set the mattress on re in a bedroom and the blaze spread. The American Red Cross assisted at the scene. The Florida State Fire Marshal investigated the cause of the blaze. Treasure Island home sustains heavy re damage


Good thoughts for the day Perfection is a collection of polished errors.  Failure to plan is planning for failure.  Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.  Today is the rst day of the rest of your life.  Never be so full of yourself that you c annot feel the emptiness of another.  I think. Therefore I am single.  Every day may not be good, but there’s s omething good in every day.  You need not be a victim of your circ umstances. If you believe you are a victor, y es that is what you will be. T he big question Is there anything that is not taxed?Mowing at Okee-Tantie Mowing looks very good down by t he Lake. Good job to whom ever did the w ork.Chamber seized by IRS I just saw on the Okee News facebook page that the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce building has been impounded by the IRS. They changed the locks. How can they auction it off? The chamber did not own the land the building sits on. They were leasing t hat land from the city1. That land was obt ained by the city from Col. Hamrick and can only be used for a chamber of commerce, j ust as the land city hall sits on can only be used for city government.  The lease on the land with the city requires it be a chamber of commerce. Since t he old chamber stopped acting as a chamb er more than a year ago, the city was already trying to terminate the lease. Anyone w ho bids, is just buying legal troubles.  Because they are part of the federal government and they can and will do as they please.  If someone other than a chamber buys it, they can take their building and move it somewhere else, but they can’t use it where it is.  On T.V., they said the contents of the building will the auctioned off, not the building.  The only workable scenario is if one of the new chambers of commerce is the high bidder. They are the only ones who could legally negotiate for a new lease with the city to keep the building on that land.  What a mess. The old chamber did not pay the employees’ payroll taxes. The chamber building has been closed for more than a year. The city has been mowing the grass to try to keep the place from looking so run down. Maybe one of our Congressmen can negotiate with the IRS on behalf of the city so they can get the building back and make a new lease with the active chamber.Street lights on prairie As a resident of the stated area I do believe some street lights would bene t the students at the bus stops.  As a Praire resident I woldrather see SPEED BUMPS place along the Peavine, aka 192 avenue. These would stop the speeding for all. Yes Street lights would be nice as it is dark at night and early morning hours. A traf c light means nothing everybody would just run the light.  Street lights at the bus stops would make it a little safer for the kids. That is a problem in other parts of the county as well. The school buses for the high school come very early and many of those kids are walking to the bus stop in the dark in areas with no sidewalks. Until we get more street lights, parents who can’t drive the kids to the bus stops and wait with them should make sure the kids wear light colored clothing and carry ashlights.Casey Anthony She’s free, left jail at 12:14 with her attorney Jose Baez, given $537.68 in cash from her jail account, and turned loose on humanity, who knows where this will go from here.  I think her path in life is going to be very painful, and lonely. July 20, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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. 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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! If you need to resolve a tax problem, have tax law questions or you’re more comfortable talking with someone face-to-face, visit your local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center where you can spread out your records and talk with an IRS representative across the counter. No appointment is necessary, just walk in. Here are seven services you can take advantage of at an IRS TAC: 1. Notices or letters: Have you received a letter or notice and need face-to-face assistanceto understand the next step? 2. Multilingual Assistance: Don’t let a language barrier prevent you from getting the face-to-face tax assistance you may need. The IRS offers multilingual services to taxpayers in more than 150 languages through bilingual employees or an Over-the-Phone Interpreter. 3. Payments: You can make payments at your local IRS TAC. Be sure you know the tax period and the type of tax for the payment you are making. If you received a notice from the IRS, be sure to bring it with you. 4. Free Federal Tax Return Preparation: Your local TAC will prepare both current and prior year basic tax returns for taxpayers who qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit or whose income is less than $49,000. 5. Individual Taxpayer Identi cation Number: If you are not eligible for a Social Security number but need to le a tax return, bring the completed tax return, Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Identi cation Number, and certi ed identi cation documents to your local TAC to apply for your ITIN and le your return. For more information, see Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens. 6. 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Visit an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center Weather forecast for Okeechobee Count y from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Wednesday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partl y cloudy, with a low around 73. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.Extended ForecastThursday: A 40 percent chance o f showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Thursday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Friday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 74. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Weather Forecast


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011 2011 Okeechobee High School Scholarhsip Night Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Everglades Elementary award, Emma Marshall, Shawn Horvath and Juan Lugo each received awards of $500 each presented by Cynthia Weigum. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the National Beta Club Scholarship was Shawn Horvath. The award was presented by Jim Leidy (not pictured) 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 NewsThe recipient of the Okeechobee Yatchette Club Scholarship was Luke Joles. The award was presented by Bette Moldenhauer 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 Jay Raulerson Memorial Scholarship was Joshua Radford. The award was presented by David Raulerson, 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 Okeechobee Democratic Party H.O.P.E. Scholarship were Kaysey Adams and Nettira Ridley. Scholarship awards were presented by Magi Cable 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 People Helping Others Experience Broader Education Scholarship were Megan Moore and Jodi Raulerson. Scholarship awards were presented by David Raulerson in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.


A dvisory board meeting plannedThere will be a meeting of the Treasure Coast Community Action Agency Advisory Board on Wednesday, July 20, at 2 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Community Service Of ce, 437 North Seventh Street, Ft. Pierce.Food Stamp help offered Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy 441 SE, on Wednesday, July 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information please call 772-9713316. Democratic executive council meeting plannedThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council will be meeting on Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's.National Day of the Cowboy celebration setThe 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 5 p.m. with a ranch rodeo, festivities and a barn dance 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 Agri-Civic Center where all the festivities w ill go on until midnight. The celebration w ill be two days of western heritage, dancing, food, fun, vendors and cowboys. Admission is only $5. For more information on the event please contact Teresa Chandler, Event Coordinator at 863-801-4996.Garbage clean up tournament plannedA Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River garbage clean up tournament is planned for Saturday, July 23 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Prizes for heaviest weight total and more. Sign up at Crappy Jack's in Buckhead Ridge. For more details, call 863-763-7753. V FW 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 prov ided by Cheyenne at 7 p.m.OCRA sign ups slatedSign 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 celebrate anniversaryLoyal Order of the Moose #1753, 159 NW 36th St. will host a rotisserie chicken dinner in honor of lodge anniversary at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 24. Please join us and enjoy a great meal. Music entertainment will start at 3-6 p.m.VBS 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. You can visit our website at: www.okeechobeechristianchurch. com to register online or call 863-467-7858 for information on the registration event.Missionary Baptist hosts VBSOkeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N, is having Vacation Bible School July 25 through 29 from to 7 to 9 p.m. each evening with classes for all ages. For more information, please call 863763-7743.CCC July meeting setThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, July 26 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce.Main Street sets July meeting dateThe next quarterly general membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street will be held on July 27, at noon at the Golden Corral. All members are encouraged to attend and receive an update on recent events and activities, as well as meet our new Executive Director, Cindy Birdashaw.Early Learning Coalition to meetThe Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. will meet for board orientation on Thursday, July 28 at 1:30 p.m., at ELC Of ce, 10 SE Central Parkway, Suite 400, Stuart.Martha’s House holds Celebrity Server fundraiserGolden Corral will be host to a Celebrity Server fundraiser on July 28 from 5-8 p.m., to bene t Martha's House with the Chobee Steelers serving it up for a great cause! For tickets please call Martha's House at 863763-2893.Freedom Outreach hosts shing tournamentsThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sundays, July 31, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25. The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and Classic fund. All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Scott Driver will be used as a backup if low water occurs. The Classic, on Sunday, Oct. 30, will be a one-day event with a $120 entry fee, cash only. You must sh three tournaments to be in the Classic. Register early. Please call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Grab-a-Bag clothing sale slated for Saturday, Aug. 6The Salvation Army is holding a Grab-aBag sale on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. 2nd Ave. (rear of New Horizons Bldg.). Clothing will be $5 per bag, shoes $.50 to $1 per bag, hats $.50 and purses $.50 to $1. Cash only, no credit cards or checks will be accepted. There will be no refunds, no exchanges, no returns and no credit. All sales are nal. Call 863-763-6020 for information. 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Visit: Email: Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 6 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011Obituaries 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 L. Beard, 54OKEECHOBEE Carol L. Beard, 54, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Raulerson Hospital. She had been a resident of Okeechobee for the past 19 years. She is survived by her husband of 13 years, John A. Beard; sons, William (Tish) Pelham, Daniel Pelham; daughter, Megan Beard; seven grandchildren, all of Okeechobee; brothers, John Sweatt of Ocala, Mark Sweatt of Okeechobee; and a sister, Tara Bauer of Ocala. A Celebration of Carol's Life will be held at the Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Monday, July 25, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a covered dish dinner. The family asks that in lieu of owers that donations in memory of Carol be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. Obituaries


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A job site inspection at Okeechobee High School by state investigators led to the arrest of a local contractor whose employees were not covered by workman’s compensation insurance. Roland Alvah O’Neal, 53, N.E. 60th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, July 15, on one count of failing to secure workman’s compensation coverage. He was booked into the Okeechobee Count Jail under a bond of $1,500. Jail records indicate he has since been released on bond. According to Detective William Hill, with the Florida Department of Financial Services Fraud Division, O’Neal and four of his employees were painting classrooms at the high school. The detective said O’Neal was a subcontractor for a Riviera Beach Company and was working on that company’s permit and insurance certi cate. O’Neal’s company -Champion Coating -has not had workman’s comp coverage since 2003, added the detective. “He understands how the system works,” said Detective Hill. The state investigator went on to say that some of O’Neal’s employees were paid by check, while others were paid in cash. Captain Vance Akins, whose also with the Department of Financial Services, said O’Neal got the OHS job by underbidding other painters and that he was able to do the job cheaper because he was not paying workman’s comp. “Employers like this put their workers at risk and create an unlevel playing eld for other contractors,” said Capt. Akins. He went on to say that if O’Neal, or one of his employees, had been injured on the job, the Okeechobee County School District could possibly have been liable for the claim. Despite the arrest, Capt. Akins said he and Detective Hill are continuing their local investigation. “We’re continuing to look at other businesses in town,” he said. 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An arrest report by Of cer Ryan Holroyd, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that Berlt neglected to pay for 28 items hidden in a diaper bag. Those items included shampoo, makeup, medicine, tape and electronics. The value of those items was placed at $356.74, stated the of cer’s report. According to the arrest report, store surveillance video showed Berlt concealing the items in the large grocery bag. The woman reportedly went through a check-out line where she paid for some grocery items, but “... made no attempt to pay for the items concealed in her diaper bag,” stated Of cer Holroyd’s report. Moore Haven woman accused of theft Leah Marie Berlt


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 8 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee’s Pete. Clemons is among the eight individuals and organizations chosen by the National Day of the Cowboy 501(c)3 and its Board of Directors to receive its 2011 Cowboy Keeper Award. Selection for the annual award is based on the level and signi cance of contributions to the preservation of pioneer heritage and cowboy culture. Inspired by artist Joelle Smith, the award was conceived in support of the NDOC’s mission to increase awareness for and celebration of the annual National Day of the Cowboy resolution. Florida rancher and Cracker cowboy, Mr. Clemons is a famed former rodeo star who for over 50 years has been the owner/operator of the Okeechobee Livestock Market. In the early 1980s, he served as chairman of the Florida Beef Council and, for the last 40 y ears, Mr. Clemons, who at 81 still lives life in the saddle, has served as a board member or of cer of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association. Mr. Clemons is considered by many to be one of the best-known and best-loved cattleman in the entire State of Florida. Mr. Clemons was born in 1927 and grew up working on cattle ranches in Osceola and Highlands counties. His parents, Oscar and Theressa Bronson Clemons, were both members of pioneer Florida cattle families. Mr. Clemons paid his own way through the University of Florida by working as a rodeo performer, and in 1950 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Mr. Clemons’ professional rodeo career began when he was in high school and continued until he was well into his forties. He won a record nine All Around titles at the annual Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee. In 1949 Mr. Clemons was the Kissimmee Jaycees’ representative at the National Jaycees Rodeo in Colorado Springs, and he stunned the western competition by entering all six events and coming away once again with the All Around title. As a rodeo cowboy, Mr. Clemons served as an unof cial ambassador for the Florida cattle industry both nationally and internationally. He appeared in televised professional rodeos on a regular basis and still raises championship rodeo bulls on his ranch in Okeechobee. In 1961 with the help of his father and another partner, Mr. Clemons purchased the Okeechobee Livestock Market. Under the Clemons’ leadership, the market became Florida’s largest cattle market and one of the largest volume dealers east of the Mississippi. The market provides a variety of special services, including locating buyers and sellers of cattle herds and bringing bull sales from out of state to local buyers. The market was expanded to include video and internet marketing venues and helped start one of the rst internet cattle auctions in the United States. Mr. Clemons has always been a strong supporter of the Florida beef industry and has worked hard promoting beef cattle ranching. In the early 1980s he served as chairman of the Florida Beef Council and helped guide the use of Beef Check-off dollars to raise consumer awareness about the healthfulness of beef and to build beef demand. For 40 years Mr. Clemons served as a board member or an of cer of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association. In recognition of his many years of service, the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association named him an honorary director. Mr. Clemons is a past president of the Florida Association of Livestock Markets and was active for many years in the Animal Industry Technical Council, which works with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on animal health and disease eradication issues. In 2008, he was inducted into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame. Other 2011 Cowboy Keeper Award recipients are;  Westernaires, a mounted precision drill organization comprised of Jefferson County, Colorado, youngsters age 9 to 19;  Multi-Cowboy Hall of Famer and legendary calf roper, Cleo Hearn;  Two-time Grammy winners, Riders in the Sky;  Tom Bishop Sr., expert trick rider and trick roper, who produced rodeos and eastern Canada’s only Wild West shows, and is a horse coordinator for TV and lm;  Nevada’s National Cowboy Poetr y Gathering, a week-long celebration of cowboy and ranch life;  California rancher, cowgirl, and pickup “man,” inducted into both the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Bertha Kaepernik Blancett; and,  Dubois Main Street, which works to promote and preserve the unique cultural and western heritage of Dubois, Wyoming, by fostering and supporting activities such as their annual 3-day National Day of the Cowboy event. The National Day of the Cowboy organization is honored to spotlight the efforts and accomplishments of these eight exceptional 2011 Cowboy Keeper Award recipients. Each one represents a powerful element in the preservation of pioneer heritage and an energizing force in the ongoing expansion of the world’s cowboy culture. Past Cowboy Keeper recipients include U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Senator Craig Thomas, Cheyenne Frontier Days Committee, Old Cowtown Museum, Dorothy Wood, Julie Ream, Margo Metegrano, Dakota Livesay, Doc Stovall, Don & Sharon Endsley, Scott O’Malley, Kathleen Collins, Michael Martin Murphey, and the Desert Cowboys. Information for this article came from the National Day of the Cowboy nonpro t organization and from the Florida Department of Agriculture web site. Pete Clemons honored with Cowboy Keeper Award Pete Clemons


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 50TH ANNIVERSARYDR. EDWARD DOUGLAS Happy 50th anniversary as a Chiropractic Physician and welcome to the 50 year Club from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), Chicago. Congratulations from Southern Adventist University from Collegedale, TN, and presentation of the Honorary Diploma from the University. Thank you, Okeechobee, for allowing me to bring you alternative Health Care with Chiropractic for 49 years at 916 NW Park St. Dr. Douglas is a native of Okeechobee, class of 51, Military US Army Medic (SAU 55 57), Doctor of Chiropractic May 61. He has 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was married to Carolyn Sue Mitchell. Dr. Douglas opened his practice in Okeechobee on July 19, 1962. His studies have been ongoing and his practice includes Acupuncture, Nutrition, Kinesiology, CRA, Contact Re” ex, Nutrionist Analysis-Neurolink (NIS) and Physiotherapy (limited). For the last 35 years, he has operated the Douglas Fitness Center (gym) next door. His community services include 16 years of City Council, 6 years Mayor, 16 years teaching nutrition classes, 2 years Board of Director Florida League of Cities in Tallahassee, 2 years Board of Directors of HUD (Housing and Urban Development), 2 years Board of Directors Local Chambers of Commerce and School Board Chairman of a Local Christian School. Introducing Harbor Community Bank 10 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011 without any formal action being taken. On Tuesday, July 19, Mr. Buxton was not available to comment. The IRS led three liens on April 29, 2010 and one on Oct. 13, 2010 totalling $105,467 against the chamber for various unpaid federal taxes from 2001 through 2009. The IRS agent who led these documents retired on Dec. 31, 2010. In addition, there is a Florida Department of Revenue tax lien against the chamber in the amount of $1,749 for unpaid state unemployment taxes for 2007 and 2008. That document is dated Feb. 5, 2009. To complicate matters, the property where the building is located is owned by the city. It was deeded to the city by the late Colonel R. E. Hamrick. The deed speci cally states that the property is to be used for a chamber of commerce building and for no other purpose. In 1986 the city leased the property to the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce for $1 a year. The city had been in the process of having the chamber evicted since they had abandoned the building and were not keeping it up. Pictures of the condition of the grounds were taken for evidence. The city's eviction litigation is now a moot point since the IRS has seized the building. On Friday, City Administrator Brian Whitehall said the IRS agents were very "close lipped" and acted quickly. They changed the locks and the city was not given keys to the new locks. "I'm surprised they didn't do this months ago,' Mr. Whitehall said, noting that the IRS had earlier seized some of the chamber's assets. Terry Burroughs, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, a completely separate entity that was recentl y formed, said the IRS approached him about the use of the building by his organization. He said he had a long conversation with IRS agents and he did not think they understood the deed restrictions on the property. He said the IRS wanted to sell his organization the lease on the building. He feared that if the city didn't want to lease the building to his organization, the city could cancel the lease. He said that somebody had to pay for the building. He assumed it was the members of the original chamber. Mr. Burroughs said the gure $112,000 was mentioned by the IRS. However he was not sure what he would get for that amount of money. "It was just real fuzzy," he said. "I was not getting any good answers. The y had no earthly idea what they were talking about." Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at CHAMBERContinued From Page 1 "It was all real fuzzy. I was not getting any good answers. The y had no earthly idea what the y were talking about."— Terry Burroughs Pet of the WeekLucky is a young male Lab mix. He is neutered and is very well socialized with other dogs. His adoption fee is $135. He is available at Okeechobee Human Society Pet/Rescue on Highway 98. In addition, eight dogs in the SPIN prison program will be graduating and returning to our facility on July 20. These dogs will be available for adoption starting Friday, July 22. All have been house trained, kennel trained, basic obedience trained. Each dog will make a wonderful companion dogs suitable for any home. Adoption fee is $175, they are all spay or neutered, vaccinations up to date. Pet/Rescue operates from the generosity of donations and the wonderful volunteers who donate their time. For more information online, go to www. animalrescueokeechobee. org or http://www. pet to the Okeechobee News/ Animal Rescue Okeechobee


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today! 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 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 UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Visit us online REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL Discover New Frontiers in Cancer CareTECHNOLOGYTHATIS: • MOREEFFECTIVE• MUCHSAFER• A LOTFASTEROURPHILOSOPHYOF ONETO ONECARE: • WELISTEN• WEUNDERSTAND• WEAREEASILYACCESSIBLEDo you need to talk? Call863.467.9500RAMESH KUMAR MD, WILLIAM CROOK MD AND JULIE SANTELLI MD BOARD CERTIFIED RADIATION ONCOLOGISTSBig Lake Cancer Center1115 N Parrott Ave OkeechobeeOne to One Cancer Care of Okeechobee FOLLOWUSONFACEBOOK.COM/RADIATIONDOCTOR S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising in the Okeechobee News is a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today!We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Care to Citizens of Okeechobee and Surrounding Communities Since December 1984 €Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE J o s e V i l l a r r e a l D O Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. N e w P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients & Walk-ins Evening Hours Available Per Request 2 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 14 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011


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 20, 2011


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July 23 8am-3pm 3215 Hwy 441 North Must Empty the House! Furniture, tools, books, kitchen stuff,tv, computer screen and key board. Nothing over $100 For more listings, go to Employment Full TimeNeed 2 MH Therapists for children’s OP services in H-G Co. Must have Master’s For info, call 863-983-1423 Employment Full Time 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 Full Time CDL Driver for a Roll-off Truck experience and bi-lingual a plus but is not required. Fax Resume to: 863-763-7002 Software Company needs BOOKKEEPER FT/PT. Quickbooks Exp. Fax to 863-357-8302. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Full Time Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in toda y s classifieds. For more listings, go to Business Opportunities 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 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 Guns/SuppliesBROWNING SHOTGUN Belgium made Browning 16 gauge semi-auto. Very nice condition. NOT a sweet 16. $650.00/neg. (863)824-0835 or (863)634-5023 Pets/SuppliesTiny YORKIE PUPS Shots/Health cert.CKC Reg./Females 8 wks.Also Female Morkie Pup 11 wks.$ only.863-610-2725. For more listings, go to Apartments 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. Apartments 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 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. Nice 2/1 Apt. over commercial of ce space in the city. $800/mo. or $1000 including utilities. Dishwasher and microwave. No pets. First and Last name and $800 sec. dep. req. Please contact Sandra at (863)697-6082. Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, fenced patio, washer, dryer, very clean. $700 rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3312 or 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 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses Rent 2 Bdrm Townhome Furnished in Kings Bay, Also 2 Bdrm Duplex Unfurnished in the City w/New Carpet. 863-634-8331 TAYLOR CREEK CONDO 1/1 Power/water/sewer/pool included. $725 per mo. 1st mo. FREE! Call 863-824-0981 Houses-Rent 2/1, $495/mo. 3/2, $650/mo. Beautiful ranch homes located 12 miles from town. Lawn, trash, and water incl.. Pasture avail. Call for move in special Mon. Fri. (863) 467-9800. No Pets. 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. Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br clean, quiet $700/mo. water & lawn care included. $200 security. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 Large 2/1 on water in Treasure Island. Adults, no pets, $700/mo. + $500 sec. (863)467-1308. TREASURE ISLAND 3br/2ba (CBS on the water). Nice area. Small pets OK. $1100 (561)262-1390. Houses-RentLocation, Location Location CBS House 3bd/1 1/2ba SW section, near Wal Mart 1600 SW 3rd Ave Okeechobee. First,last and sec $875 a month $2,000 to move in (863)634-0512 OfficeSpace Rent 2300 sq.ft. Beautiful Historic Commercial Rental, 1 block off State Rd. 70, highly visible from highway. $1500 per mo. (863)447-0092OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 VacationRentalsChoose 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 For more listings, go to Houses-Sale 2 Houses on 5 acres with pond asking $239,900 Call 772-260-3068 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 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011 No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds


Land SaleDixie Ranch Acres 1 Acre lots $9,000 $500 down Owner Financing Call 863-763-6358 Lots SaleLot For Sale Lot Size .462 3225 NW 28th Ave Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 Asking $6,000 Call 863-447-4318 Waterfront PropertyWATERFRONT PROPERTYLake Okeechobee, FL. Bass Fishing Paradise, 2 Lots (apx 1/3 acre) each with sewer & well, 1100 sq. ft. Mobile home with Florida room, screened porch, carport, 32’ x 40’ garage, covered boathouse with lift, seawall. Pics available upon request. Priced to sell @ $67,500 OBO. Email: or Phone: (513) 875-4395. 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 Country Living $450.00 Monthly, Negotiable Security and Deposit Call 863-697-2486 or 863-763-9207 and leave a message. Double wide mobile home 3/2 in Treasure Island, 2/1 mobile home in Little Farm, 2/1 Mobile home off highway 68 west on 1.5 acre. From $450 $700. (863)447-2172 or (863)467-2563 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 HomeSale$17,000 STEAL 2-2 Double Wide Includes Lot Nice Wood Floors, Great Interior, Some TLC Call 863-801-1739 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Palm Harbor Homes Red Tag Sale... Over 10 Stock Units Must Go Save Up To 35K! 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to Campers/RVs2006 Winnebago Sightseer 30’, 2 slide outs, 20K miles, excellent condition. $55,000 or negotiate for real estate. Call 863-763-5062 Motorcycles2007 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 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. For more listings, go to Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 392833 ON 7/20/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will convene their Budget Meetings on Tuesday, July 26, at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m and Thursday July 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 392834 ON 7/20/2011 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation Project Bids will be received by the Tallahassee Of ce until 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, for Proposal ID T1465. A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for this SIGNING/PAVEMENT MARKINGS project on SR 78; FROM CANAL BOAT RAMP TO OKEECHOBEE COUNTY LINE in Glades County. Budget Estimate $206,794.00. Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at or by calling (850) 414-4000. 392270 ON 7/13,20/2011 NOTICE OF FORFEITURE COMPLAINT On June 9, 2011, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce seized the following property: UNITED STATES CURRENCY IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,520.00 and intends to seek forfeiture under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. 391810 ON 7/13,20/2011 Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 472011CP000096 IN RE: ESTATE OF RUTH L. WOODRING Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Ruth L. Woodring, deceased, whose date of death was June 11, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACASE NO.: 2000-CA-207 JUDGE: LARRY SCHACK COMMERCIAL SERVICE OF PERRY, INC., an Iowa Corporation, Plaintiff, vs. DEBORAH K. PYPER, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DEFENDANT, JOHN DOE and/or JANE DOE and/or any other persons, known or unknown, as tenants in possession, Defendants. AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated July 6, 2011 entered in the cause pending in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, Civil Action Number: 2000-CA-207, the undersigned Clerk will sell the property situated in said County, described as: Lots 104 and 105 of RIVER LAKE ESTATES, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 14, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash at 11:00 o’clock A.M.,on the 17th day of August, 2011, in The Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, located at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated this 14th day of July, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk ROBERT P. SUMMERS, ESQUIREMcCARTHY, SUMMERS, BOBKO, WOOD,NORMAN, BASS & TAYLOR, P.A. 2400 S.E. Federal Highway, 4th Floor Stuart, Florida 34994 (772) 286-1700 E-Mail: Attorneys for Plaintiff 392621 ON 7/20,27/2011 17 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 33.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is July 20th, 2011. Personal Representative: Cynthia M. Austin 1508 Lou Gene Avenue Louisville, KY 40216-5486 Attorney for Personal Representative: Adele Small Harris Attorney for Cynthia M. 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Those interested in preparing for a career in automotive service management will want to attend a special IRSC information session on Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. in room B120 at the Indian River State College Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce to nd out more about this in-demand career eld. IRSC offers automotive training that builds increasingly sophisticated skills in all aspects of automotive repair, maintenance and service. Students can complete courses in transmissions, steering and suspension, braking, engine overhaul and more. IRSC programs are certi ed in all eight categories by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and students gain valuable skills for ASE certi cation. Students can begin the Automotive Technology program at any time or choose the degree program in Automotive Service Management. Upon completion, graduates are ready for employment in a variety of positions in dealerships, independent repair shops, or eet maintenance facilities. For more information, call the IRSC Information Call Center toll-free at 1-866-792-4772 or visit IRSC offers automotive service career training Join 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. Free Summer Reading Program at the Library


The caller instructed each woman to go to Publix and wire the money to his agency. Detective Morrison said the imposter told the women that once his agency had received the money the whole thing would be forgotten. “He knew both of their names and said he knew they had ordered drugs online,” said Detective Morrison. “They (the victims) were really scared. They were very, very upset.” One of the women, continued the detective, had ordered diet pills online about ve years ago. “He told her the drug name and the amount she ordered,” added the investigator. The detective said both women reported the call at the sheriff’s of ce within a few minutes of each other. Although each woman was scared, neither woman fell for the scam. Detective Morrison said the ‘agent’ is calling from a 304 area code, which is West Virginia, and that she called the number and asked to speak to ‘Agent Taylor.’ “A man answered ‘U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’ and I asked to speak to Agent Bill Taylor. He told me Agent Taylor wasn’t in right now. He said ‘he’s (Agent Taylor) out in the eld doing international drug trafcking stuff,” explained Detective Morrison. The detective said a male deputy used a cell phone belonging to one of the victims and called Agent Taylor and pretended to be the woman’s husband. The agent became angry, refused to speak to the deputy and demanded that he put his “wife” on the phone. When asked how the man knew the women’s names, phone numbers as well as things they had purchased online in the past, Detective Morrison said he probably purchased the information. “You can buy a whole list of names and phone numbers,” she added. The detective went on to warn that this caller sounds legitimate and tries to “overload” and intimidate his intended victim. She went on to say that no law enforcement agency is going to call you and say if you don’t pay money we’re going to arrest you, and that the rst clue that it’s a scam is when the caller asks for money up front. “And when they call, don’t give out any personal information whatsoever -not even your name,” cautioned Detective Morrison. SCAMContinued From Page 1 BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. 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M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r d A v e. 863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon 18 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011 proclaimed by former President George W. Bush for the fourth Saturday in July. Contributions made by Florida cowboys and cowgirls to the cattle industry nationwide will be saluted on this day. Our National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration will begin with a ranch rodeo at 6 p.m., on July 22. Ranch teams w ill compete in “real life” cowboy events, including Team Doctoring, Bronc Riding, Calf Branding, Wild Cow Milking, Team Sorting and Stampede race. All teams will compete for a chance to participate in the State Ranch Rodeo Competition. All teams must be ranch sponsored. An entry form is available by contacting Heather Rucks at 863-763-4740. The event is sponsored by the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association and local merchants who have made donations to help defray expenses. Each year the Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association choose a Trail Boss who is a person or family w ith deep roots in the cattle ranching tradition of Okeechobee and who demonstrates a commitment to the way of life. This year’s trail boss is Alfred Norman. Mr. Norman is a lifetime resident of Okeechobee County. He w ent to Okeechobee High School until the age of 14 when he quit and took his rst job as a ranch hand for Frank Raulerson at Cow Creek Ranch. On Sept. 20, 1956 he married Betty L. Davis. They have four children: Jimmy, Bobby (deceased), Debbie and Sandy. Mr. Norman is also known as “Poppa” to seven grandchildren and ve great-grandchildren. Mr. Norman has worked for many ranches including, Teat Holmes, Thad Carlton, and Clarence Lofton. While holding down his ranch hand job he also rode bulls, saddle bronc and bareback horses in the local rodeos. The cow crews nicknamed him “Smiley.” They claimed he never smiled, work to him was just “work,” andf he took work very serious. A hard day’s work and honesty has always been his way of life, taught from his father who was a lifetime Florida Cowboy. Festivities on Saturday, July 23, will begin at 4 p.m. with a cattle drive headed up by Trail Boss Alfred Norman, members of the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Posse. The herd of cattle along with numerous old time horse drawn wagons sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida will start at Eli’s Western Wear on State Road 70 and travel West to the Agri-Civic Center. Arrival of the cattle will begin a full schedule of events including the ranch rodeo starting at 6 p.m. and a barn dance immediately following the rodeo, ending at midnight. Okeechobee’s Main Street will coordinate the many festivities outside of the arena to celebrate the proud heritage of Okeechobee’s cattlemen. There will be a wide variety of food vendors as well as numerous vendors with western attire, jewelry, ice cream, children’s activities, home dcor and more. Entry fee is $5 per person. For more information call Teresa Chandler/Eventure Marketing, Inc, Event Coordinator at 863.801.4996 or e-mail chandler18@ COWBOYContinued From Page 1 Because recent rains improved dry conditions across the state, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in cooperation with the Florida Division of Forestry, has rescinded an executive order issued last month that prohibited camp res in wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas and all other lands it manages. Camp res are again allowed in designated areas. For rules and regulations pertaining to individual wildlife management areas, please visit and click on “WMA brochures”. While the camp res are allowed, the FWC wants to remind everyone how important it is to properly manage any campre to ensure it is under control and completely extinguished when done. FWC again allowing camp res


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 I will teach your children, and they will enjoy great peace -Isaiah 54:13 The Elementary Campus at Rock Solid Christian Academy is excited about the 2011-2012 school year. Our expanding campus is now serving kindergarten through fifth grade with many new programs to offer including Spanish, Enrichment and Fine Arts. Families love RSCA because of the strong academic education their children receive in a loving, Christian atmosphere. Call 863-763-1847 to find out how your children can benefit from small class sizes where learning is hands-on. Please visit for more information. (Limited space is available)Rock Solid Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.A Ministry of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH • 401 SW 4th St • License #ACSI 25062 Emory Walker Company (863) 763-6742 208 S.W. 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. Receive up to $1,300 in Rebates*with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemAND up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** 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 19 Okeechobee News July 20, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Baron Stuart hit a home run batting left handed, and threw a strong game on the mound with his right arm as Okeechobee’s Ozone All-Stars stayed alive Monday at the Dixie Youth baseball state tournament in A von Park. Stuart’s three-run home run in the bottom of the rst inning got Okeechobee off to a good start as they defeated West Seminole National 12-2 in four innings. Okeechobee scored ve runs in the rst and never trailed in the contest as they moved on to face Blountstown on Tuesday evening. Dylan Morris had an RBI single, and Gabe Greseth added a two run home run for Okeechobee, who lost to West Seminole A merican 13-7, and defeated Wesley Chapel 11-7, in the rst two days of the tournament. Okeechobee won by mercy rule in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single by Chase Quisenberry, and a bases loaded walk issued to Zach Hutson. Stuart was in control on the mound as he followed up a strong performance against W esley Chapel, with four solid innings. His only blemish came in the second when W est Seminole scored two runs thanks to two hits, a wild pitch, and a elding error. Quisenberry made a nice stab of a line drive to turn it into a double play to get Okeechobee out of trouble in the second inning. Stuart struck out two batters in the third and also cruised through the fourth. He also made a nice grab of a hard hit ground ball in the top of the rst off the bat of J.C. Delcastillo.Okeechobee 11, Wesley Chapel 7On Saturday, Okeechobee jumped out to a 10-0 early lead and held on to defeat Wesley Chapel 11-7 in the rst round of the tournament. Gabe Greseth hit a two-run home run and Dylan Shef eld added a solo round-tripper for Okeechobee. Tanner Alvarado hit a three run homer for Wesley Chapel. Okeechobee advanced in the winner’s bracket to face West Seminole American Sunday and lost that contest 13-7. Okeechobee was scheduled to face West Seminole National on Monday night in an elimination game. Okeechobee got off to a great start on Saturday morning behind hot bats and solid pitchers. Okeechobee scored four runs in the bottom of the rst. Stuart opened the scoring with an RBI single. Greseth followed with a two-run homer to right eld that scored Stuart. Shef eld followed with a homerun to center eld. Okeechobee scored six times in the bottom of the second to take a 10-0 advantage. Hutson hit a ground rule double to score Zeke Matthews. Logan Etherton, Koby Chapman and Quisenberry added key hits for Okeechobee. Stuart pitched two shutout innings for Okeechobee. Hutson was one out away from a win by the 10 run rule when Wesley Chapel erupted for four runs keyed by the Alvarado home run. Cody Louthan and Quisenberry followed Hutson to the mound. Quisenberry picked up the save. Sunday West Seminole pounded Greseth for 10 runs in four innings as they remained unbeaten in the 16-team tournament. Josh McDuf e pitched well enough to keep West Seminole American in the lead. West Seminole scored three runs in the rst and another in the fourth. Okeechobee responded with two runs in the second thanks to an RBI single by Shef eld, and an RBI ground out by Dylan Morris. Alex Ray, who went 4-4, with two doubles and a home run put West Seminole American up 6-2 with a two-run blast in the third. Okeechobee responded with a threerun rally in the third highlighted by singles by Louthan and Quisenberry and a wild pitch. Jalen Young and Marshall Stallings had RBI singles in the fourth inning for West Seminole. Colin Sheppard hit a two run home run in the fth. Stallings and Ray added RBI base hits in the sixth inning. Okeechobee scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to an RBI ground out and a double by Matthews. Ozone All-Stars win second game at nals


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