Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 07-27-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 89 10.24 feetLast Year: 14.02 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level. newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Man accused of arson reportedly attempts to kill himself in jail ... Page 9Round ‘em up: National Day of the American Cowboy Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association and Okeechobee Main Street sponsored festivities over the weekend to honor the National Day of the American Cowboy. On Saturday afternoon, a cattle drive started at Eli’s Western Wear in downtown Okeechobee and ended at the Agri-Civic Center. A ranch rodeo followed. For more on the National Day of the Cowboy celebration, see page 9. County considers 2011-12 budget ... Page 3 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News All Hugh and Georgia Blankenbaker wanted was to repair their hurricane-damaged front and back porch. And when she got a call from a California company that a $20,000 government grant was available to them, she took advantage of their offer. She then gave the caller from International Business Mentoring, Inc., in Valencia, Calif., her Visa debit card number. “When they told me I was getting a government grant I was kind of excited and started crying because I was going to get my front and back porch put back on,” she said, adding that if her concrete front porch isn’t repaired soon “I’m going to have it in my front room.” But not long after she got that call, she started to wonder how the company got her unlisted phone number. “I got to thinking about it so I called m y bank and they had already taken $1,500 out o f my account,” Georgia recalled. After several attempts to reach the company, a lady named Kris nally returned her call. When Georgia asked about the $1,500, Kris said her company didn’t take the money out Woman nearly falls for ‘government grant’ scamSee SCAM — Page 13 Teen anglers tourney ... Page 10


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 God has blessed RSCA with outstanding new faculty. We are excited about diversifying educational opportunities for children. TheAcademy is now offering Spanish and individual and team sports with a Christian emphasis. For applications, call (863) 763-1847 or visit www.rocksolidca.com I w i l l t e a c h y o u r c h i l d r e n a n d t h e y w i l l e n j o y g r e a t p e a c e I s a i a h 5 4 : 1 3 2 Okeechobee News July 27, 2011 Okeechobee News/Katrina ElskenRanch rodeo: Wild rideThe bronc riding event at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association Ranch Rodeo was exciting Saturday as one cowboy found himself at odds with a wild horse that seemed to be trying to kill him. The horse ipped over backwards onto the bronc rider, and when the horse got up, the rider was unable to kick his boot free from the stirrup in time and was dragged a short distance. When the cowboy managed to free himself, the horse turned and appeared to attack him, with the rider desperately trying to stay clear of the horse’s hooves. Others rushed to the cowboy’s aid and managed to get the horse away from the fallen man. EMTs entered the arena to carry the bronc rider -who appeared to be gasping for air -away on a stretcher. But the rider was not nished with the rodeo. According to a Cattlemen’s Association spokesperson, the bruised and battered bronc rider not only refused transport to the hospital, he also recovered suf ciently to “cowboy up” and compete in other ranch rodeo events. The Saturday event was part of a two-day ranch rodeo held at the Okeechobee AgriCivic Center in honor of the National Day of the Cowboy.


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Commissioners will meet twice tomorrow. At 2 p.m. they will have the second of several scheduled meetings to work on the new budget. At 6 p.m. they will hold their regular bimonthly meeting. While no agenda was available in adv ance for the 2 p.m. meeting, in the 6 p.m. meeting commissioners will set preliminary rates for solid waste collection, re and EMS assessments. They are also scheduled to v ote on an ordinance regulating pain management clinics, deal with grant administration and consider a survey for Okee Tantie Campground and Marina. The preliminary rate for solid waste collection is expected to increase from the current $187.40 to $193.02. Fire and EMS preliminary assessments are expected to remain the same as current rates with residential dwelling units being assessed $74 for EMS and $100 for re protection. After holding a second pubic hearing on the issue the board is expected to vote to amend land development regulations to place restrictions on pain management clinics. The proposed ordinance would limit pain management clinics to light commercial and heavy commercial zoning districts. They could not be located within 100 feet of any other pain management clinic or within 500 feet of a pharmacy. Pain management clinics would also be restricted, under the proposed ordinance, from locating within 250 feet of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70. Extensive record keeping would so be required. Turning to grants, the county has received a Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant of $1,029,844. This program purchases foreclosed houses, rehabilitates them and sells them to income-eligible households. The board is scheduled to adopt a plan to implement this grant and award a contract to Roumelis Planning an Development to administer the grant. Commissioners are also expected to award a contract for administration of a Disaster Recovery Enhancement Funds Grant. In addition the county also received a $877,005 Energy Ef ciency and Conservation Block Grant to retro t various county buildings with energy savings improvements. The board is expected to authorize staff and Deborah Belcher, the county's grant administrator, to negotiate a contract with GLE Associates, Inc. for engineering services in connection with this grant. Yet another grant, a $113,380 Hazard Mitigation Grant has been received for drainage improvements in Oak Park subdivision. Commissioners are scheduled to consider a six month extension to the grant and incorporate any additional grant funds, if available. In order to carry out the master plan for Okee Tantie a boundary and topographical survey is necessary. Commissioners will consider awarding a contract for this service. Commissioners will also receive a nancial update through the end of June form interim county administrator Robbie Chartier. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commissioners to hold budget meeting 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 R e m e m b e r B o b b i R e m e m b e r h e r s m i l e a t G o l d e n C o r r a l h e r f r i e n d l y h e l l o h e r k i n d n e s s R e m e m b e r h e r r i n g i n g t h e b e l l a t C h r i s t m a s a t W a l m a r t 2 y e a r s o n t h e 2 8 t h t a k e n s o t r a g i c a l l y H o n e y I l o v e y o u a n d m i s s y o u L o o v e E r i cR e m e m b e r R o b e r t a B o b b i C h r i s t e n s e n Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 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 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. 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The crash occurred on S.E. 128th Ave., about 2 miles north of S.R. 710. Mr. Lopezdeharo was the sole occupant of the truck. Mr. Lopezdeharo was treated at the scene by medical personnel from Okeechobee Fire/Rescue then own to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center by OMNIFlight. According to the release, the extent of Mr. Lopezdeharo's injuries were not known. The accident is still under investigation. Motorist found in ditch after crash


DrivewayI was wondering who was the bright pers on that allowed a new store that is being b uilt to put a driveway that empties into a residential area. So, now the residents have t o put up with people using it as a short cut and better yet, I bet that no one thought about our children that get dropped off at t he bus stop. Now they get to walk by a parking lot that dumps into the residential road. The forces really thought about this one. I bet their children do not have to walk down that road. Casey Anthony trial This past month has been very dif cult for me. My world was centered on this case. I have cried every day. We have all been t ouched by this and we have to heal. Now I know how my mother felt when her 7-yearold son was murdered by a family member. T he pain and sorrow could not be erased and only when she went home to be with t he Lord did the pain cease. All who weep over the loss of a child, please know your t ears are shed. Whenever a mother, father, s ister or brother is murdered, remember y our pain is felt.  Casey Anthony places a call to 9-1-1 in fear of her life Dispatcher: “9-1-1, What is your emergency?” Caller: “Please help me, I have a bunch of people trying to kill me.” Dispatcher: “Okay ma’am, calm down. W hat is your name?” Caller: “Casey Anthony.” Dispatcher: “OK, Miss Anthony try to stay c alm, an of cer will be there in 31 days. We are busy right now getting tattoos and partying.”Good thoughts for the day A journey of a thousand miles starts w ith one step ....  No one can go back and make a brand new beginning, but anyone can begin now and make a brand new ending.  Today is the oldest you have ever been and yet the youngest you will ever be, so enjoy this day while it lasts.  Quality is like buying oats. If you want fresh oats you must pay a fair price. However, if you can be satis ed with oats that have already been through the horse ... they come a lot cheaper.  Success is not measured by awards, medals or trophies. Success is measured by the difference between what you’re capable of and what you actually achieve.  Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.  The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.  Always think of a way to add value to people’s life. It makes them not only happy but also makes them realize you have the power to make a difference in their life.  Luck is when opportunity and preparation meet.  Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.Chamber In response to the article on the chamber, how can they blame the chamber’s nancial problems on the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005? The tax evasion started in 2001 or 2002. And to throw blame on the city or county for no support is not fair. When requests for funding were made, the chamber was asked to show their books and each time the books were not produced. Not only were the books not shown to the city or county, several board members who asked to review the books were also denied. They resigned over it. Why do you think Main Street receives support? They open their books.Lights on the prairie If it’s a safety factor for the kids at the prairie, then I’m sure there are other kids in Ft. Drum, Dark Hammock and other parts of the county that wait for buses in the dark as well. Maybe lights should be required where the bus stops are, or put the stops where the lights are.  Lights at all school bus stops should be mandatory. Annual food driveThis summer, USDA is participating in the third annual government-wide Feds Feed Families Food Drive. This effort started on June 1 and will continue through August 31. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency of ce is collecting non-perishable, nutritious food and sharing it with food banks to help feed families in local communities who are depending on this assistance during tough economic times. During the summer months, children are particularly vulnerable because the support system they depend on through schools is not available. USDA’s Summer Food Service Program helps ll that gap, but it can’t reach everyone who is hungry. Our efforts will help millions of Americans across the country that turn to food banks and food pantries for emergency food assistance over the summer. Food banks have reported record numbers of families, children, individuals, and rst-time visitors seeking food assistance. This food drive comes at a critical time when donations are tapering off and will help nourish those struggling with hunger in communities across the country. If you would like to participate, please drop off food donations at 450 Hwy. 98N from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thank you, Sara May NRCS Soil Conservationist Okeechobee Field Of ceContractor licenses and insuranceAs a long time State Certi ed Building Contractor and member of the DBPR Construction Industry Licensing Board, I want to commend Detective William Hill and Captain Vance Akins on the arrest of the contractor working at Okeechobee High School. Workman’s Compensation fraud as well as unlicensed contractor activity is a major problem in our county as well as the state. It not only poses a nancial imposition to contractors who are licensed and insured properly but can also be a threat to the consumer. The consumer should be aware that using unlicensed and uninsured contractors can become disastrous in the event of an accident, also it is a much harder task in resolving any issue of unsatisfactory workmanship as a well as satisfying any nancial issues. Many consumers many not be award of the risk involved with using unlicensed and/or uninsured contractors. Before hiring anyone the consumer should get a copy of their license and insurance certi cates, workman’s compensation as well as liability. We have plenty of contractors in Okeechobee who run their business professionally, do good work and are licensed and insured properly. I encourage everyone to be sur e anyone working on their property is licensed and insured properly. It may appear they ar e getting a better deal, but in the event of on e problem, it can become a lot more expensive. Also most work should be permitted. Be aware if they say it doesn’t need to be o r if they ask you to permit it. You can always call our Building Department to be sure the y are legal and if you need a permit. Elbert R. BattonPutnam visits OkeechobeeTO: Florida Agricultural Commissione r Putman Re: your recent luncheon visit to Okeechobee Thanks very much for your interesting and informative talk about the many important responsibilities of your of cial stat e of ce, and especially the very importan t impending future water wars between farming and urban sprawl. It was my impression that the wise words of a local farmer who’s name I regret I do not have about over regulation and especially the enormous waste o f water into the gulf and ocean even took you by surprise. Especially very good was his very logical suggestion of just simply piping this wasted water south to very thirsty south Florida along side of the existing interstat e highways. Perhaps you have personal good reasons to appreciate my Congressman Rooney, I don’t. I’m turning 76 this month and am a life-long, always voting Republican and am convinced that Rooney is a R.I.N.O. and I’ll tell you exactly why. At the candidates even t here he appeared very neatly dressed in his military uniform and was quite impressiv e until speaking about the Constitution. He referred to it as a “living constitution!” Not so at all in the words of our Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson said, “If there is ever an y doubt about the words we used, go back to what they meant when we used them.” Th e Constitution is immortal, and they provided the amendment process to change it. Thanks be to our Good God I’m still in very good health and am looking forward to voting for you for Governor in the future, and again against the “Living Constitution” also. With best regards, Bill Stegkemper Wednesday, July 27, 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. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News July 27, 2011 2011 Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Tonight: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.Extended ForecastThursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. East wind around 5 mph. Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Friday night: A 20 percent chance o f showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the IRSC-KAL/EM Scholarship was Jessica Stratton. The award was presented by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey in the amount of $1,500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the IRSC-Agricultural Endowment Scholarship was Garrett Rucks. The award was presented by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey in the amount of $1,400. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the IRSC-Tech Prep/Career Pathways Scholarship was Samuel Kenworthy. The award was presented by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey 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 IRSC-President’s Challenge Scholarship was Tadarrell Smith. The award was presented by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey in the amount of $5,500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the IRSC-Donald C. Hicks Memorial “STARS” Scholarship was Emily Pickering. The award was presented by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey in the amount of $6,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the IRSC-Academic Scholarship was Kaitlyn Miles. The award was presented by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey in the amount of $17,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Gilbert James Memorial Scholarship was Benjamin Estey. The award was presented by Bill Black in the amount of $2,000. Awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the J-Wayco Billie Memorial Scholarship were Jodi Raulerson and Michael Watson III. Scholarship awards were presented by Toni Wiersma (not in photo) in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.


Main Street sets July meeting dateThe next quarterly general membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street will be held on Wednesday, 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.Hospice to host yard saleHospice of Okeechobee’s next Yard Sale will be on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and SE 3rd Ave. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page: w ww.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Be a voice against child abuse in OkeechobeeJoin a local Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for coffee, tea or soda and learn what you can do to be pro-active against child abuse, abandonment and neglect here in Okeechobee County. Meet with us this Thursday, J uly 28 at 2 p.m. at Mom’s Kitchen, U.S. 441 S. Okeechobee.Ladies club hosting dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge Ladies of the Moose w ill hold a dinner on Thursday, July 28 at 5 p.m. until, for members and guests. Donation, $7. Menu: soup, salad, shepherd’s pie, v egetable, rolls, butter and Boston cream pie. For information call, 863-763-2250.Early Learning Coalition to meetThe Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. w ill meet for board orientation on Thursday, J uly 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 Thursday, July 28 from 5-8 p.m., to bene t Martha’s House w ith the Chobee Steelers serving it up for a great cause! For tickets please call Martha’s House at 863-763-2893. A merican Legion plans Dollar DayAmerican Legion Riders Post 64 will host dollar day on Thursday. with wings, hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese, ham salad, tuna salad, egg salad, beans, cornbread and chili from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will also have Cowboy Jody karaoke from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. No carry-out on Thursdays.Eagles host steak dinnerThe North Eagles, FOE 4137, will serve their famous steak dinner with the xin’s on Friday, July 29 at 5:30-8 p.m. This dinner is served every Friday. Join us and see for yourself! Call 863-697-1717 for information.Local Moose Lodge offers cat sh dinnerThe Okeechobee Moose #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th Street, on Friday, July 29 will serve a cat sh dinner with french fries, cole slaw and hush puppies, from 5:30-7 p.m. for a $6 donation. Please join us and enjoy a great meal. Music will follow furnished by Saxman from 7-10 p.m.American Legion Friday Night DinnerAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Friday Night dinner from 5-7 p.m. They are offering sh, chicken strips, or a combo of both. They also offer pork tenderloin, or countryfried steak sandwiches. They will also have Karaoke with D&K from 5 to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.Chamber of Commerce luncheon set for July 29The next Chamber of Commerce Investors Update Luncheon will be July 29, at Indian River State College. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Margaret Leinen of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU. For more information contact Brian Cartland at Brian@OkeechobeeBusiness.com or 863-467-6246. Cost for members is $10, non-members, $15.OCRA sign-ups are extendedOCRA football and cheerleading sign-ups have been extended to Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the sports complex. This will be the last Saturday to sign up your child. For more information you can call 863-634-0515 or check the website at ocrasports.com.Legion Post plans taco dayAmerican Legion Post 64 will host taco day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This week they will have music from 3-6 p.m. with Carl Cable. Everyone is welcome. 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 bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.L. Parker Prescott, 86OKEECHOBEE — L. Parker Prescott, 86, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Raulerson Hospital. Born in Basinger, he was a lifetime resident o f Okeechobee. During WWII, Parker served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He was a member o f the Lions Club of Lorida and the American Legion of LaBelle. An avid football fan, he attended every game possible. He also enjoyed watching television. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah S. Wood; and brothers, “Dink”, “Boy” and Billy. Parker is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Becky; son, Mike (Susie) Wood; granddaughter, Whitney Wood; great-granddaughter, Olivia Wood; and brother, Glenn Prescott, all o f Okeechobee. A memorial service will be held, Thursday, July 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations in Parker’s memory be made to Hospice o f Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee.Vernon ‘Snake’ Jackson Ezell, 85OKEECHOBEE — Vernon “Snake” Jackson Ezell, 85, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Raulerson Hospital. He was born in Okeechobee and had a passion for serving the City as a volunteer reghter during his adult life, never missing a re. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. His hobbies included bike riding, telling stories, movies and electronics. He was capable of wiring an entire house. After watching his father thread the movie projectors at Gilbert’s Theatre, he became the sole movie projectionist in Okeechobee. He is survived by two brothers, Norman Ray Ezell of Deland and Lemoyne Ezell of Okeechobee; sisters, Yvonne (Oakland) Marie Chapman of Okeechobee, Myrtle (Bill) Lee Hulsey of Collegedale, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements were under the direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee. 6 Okeechobee News July 27, 2011 Obituaries


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A deputy’s report stated that four deputies each had to shoot a man—who w as threatening to kill himself and had set re to his bedroom—with their tasers before they could get him under control. Clete Ferguson II, 38, S.E. 31st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, J uly 22, on felony charges of arson, two counts of aggravated assault w ith a deadly weapon on a law enforcement of cer, aggravated assault w ith a deadly weapon (domestic) and resisting a law enforcement of cer with v iolence. Ferguson is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $70,000 bond. Jail Administrator Ronnie White said Monday, July 25, that Ferguson, while in a suicide cell, tried to kill himself Friday by w rapping a string around his throat. Mr. W hite said the man was trying to strangle himself but detention deputies caught him, took the string and saved Ferguson’s life. When asked how Ferguson was able to get a string while under suicide watch, Mr. W hite said another inmate in the cell with Ferguson apparently tore up a mattress then gave him a string from inside the mattress. Mr. White said there were two other inmates in the same cell with Ferguson at the time, and that he is getting all the reports together. Once he has all the paperwork he w ill forward it to Assistant State Attorney A shley Albright for the purpose of charging the inmate who gave Ferguson the string. The alleged incident for which Ferguson was arrested actually occurred Sunday, July 17. But Ferguson was immediately taken to Raulerson Hospital due to his ingestion of several prescription pills. He was not placed under arrest until he was released from the hospital Friday. An arrest report by Deputy Jason Hickman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that he was sent to the Ferguson family home around 10:57 p.m. on July 17. When he entered the home he reportedly found Ferguson in the kitchen and holding a box cutter to his throat. When the man saw the deputy, he threatened to cut his throat with the box cutter. Deputy Hickman then called for backup and while those units were en route Ferguson reportedly ran and barricaded himself in his bedroom. The deputy stated Ferguson was screaming that he was also going to kill his sister, who was behind a locked door in her bedroom. Deputy Hickman stated that he then walked around the house to look into the man’s bedroom where he saw that Ferguson had barricaded the bedroom door with his bed. While still holding the box cutter, Ferguson grabbed a lighter and set re to the mattress on his bed. As the bedroom lled with smoke Ferguson, who still had the box cutter, dove head rst through the bedroom window, continued the report. As the man was lying on his stomach, OCSO Deputy Corporal Timothy Higgins tried to pin him to the ground while Deputy Hickman had his taser drawn. When Ferguson got up and reportedly started to run, Deputy Hickman red his taser and struck the man in the back. However, Ferguson pulled the probes from his body and “... took an aggressive stance like he was going to ght the deputies,” Deputy Hickman stated. Cpl. Higgins then red his taser, to no avail, as did OCSO Deputy Mark Margerum, stated the report. The deputies weren’t able to get control of the 6-foot, 230-pound, Ferguson until a fourth deputy—Deputy Keith Murrish— red his taser into the man’s body. With the house lling with smoke, Deputy Hickman and Deputy Sergeant Brian Hagan rushed to the sister’s bedroom and tried to convince her that it was safe to come out. But, she wouldn’t leave without her two dogs. So Deputy Hickman and Sgt. Hagan each grabbed a dog and got the sister out of the home. Okeechobee Fire/Rescue re ghters extinguished the blaze. Deputy Hickman went on to state that Ferguson had allegedly taken several roxycodone tablets, as well as several valium tablets. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. And with no bills, no checks and no mail, EZPay is kind to the environment. Act now!Limited time offer! 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Sex offenders have always lived in the communities. The only change is the public is now better informed. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact Michele or Connie at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce at 863763-3117, extension 2240 or website http:// w ww.fdle.state. .us. Sexual Predator Noti cation Rodney Leitner Clete Ferguson, II


The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Rodney McClure, 25, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested July 20 by Deputy Keith Murrish on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant person. His bond was set at $2,500.  Jimmie Lee Howling, 65, N.E. Center St., was arrested July 20 by the OCSO Crimes Unit on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation obtaining a controlled substance by fraud ( ve counts). He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He is being held without bond.  Tommy Malone, 78, S.W. 35th Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested July 21 by Deputy Sergeant Charles Hood on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500.  Timothy A. Lefebvre, 26, S.W. 87th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 21 by Deputy Bryan Holden on charges of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam). He is being held without bond.  Michael Murphy, 22, S.E. 39th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 22 by Deputy Sarah Green on a charge of grand theft. His bond was set at $5,000.  Robert Aponte, 29, N.W. 80th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested July 22 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $3,000.  Delano Pryor, 23, N.W. Seventh St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 22 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of cocaine. He is being held without bond.  Robert Earl Coney, 47, Eldorado Drive, Pahokee, was arrested July 22 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with burglary of a structure and grand theft. His bond was set at $30,000.  Bryan L. Walburn, 18, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Trooper T.B. White on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence, no valid driver’s license and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $750.  Jessica Lyons, 31, S.E. 66th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 24 by Deputy Sarah Green on a charge of grand theft. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Rommel Yanes, 29, S.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 24 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of no driver’s license. His bond was set at $5,500.  Jorge Alberto Contreras Pineda, 28, S.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 24 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on a charge of possession of cocaine. His bond was set at $5,000.  Terrence Monshai Calloway, 27, Stuart, was arrested July 24 by Deputy Cody Hurst on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (adderall) and a misdemeanor charge of retail theft. His bond was set at $3,000.  Judy Anderson, 28, N.W. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 25 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with violation of probation driving under the in uence and violation of probation eeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement of cer. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A woman is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $10,000 bond following her arrest for allegedly cashing over $1,600 w orth of forged checks. Christy Marie Williams, 23, N.E. Eighth W ay, Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, J uly 21, on felony charges of burglary of a conveyance, grand theft, forgery and uttering forged checks. Williams broke into a man’s car, stole nine of his personal checks then cashed them for a total of $1,660, stated an arrest report by Detective Susan Morrison of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). The victim apparently became aware of the theft and forgery when he checked his bank statement and found there wasn’t as much money in his account as there should have been. When he contacted his bank about his account, he was asked if he knew anyone by the name of Christy Williams, stated Detective Morrison’s report. 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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 9 Okeechobee News July 27, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association celebrated the National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday with a cattle drive from Eli’s Western Wear in downtown Okeechobee to the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Okeechobee Main Street partnered with the Cattlemen to sponsor the event. A western re-enactor from Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach was among the gunmen who participated in a wild west skit that involved the kidnapping and rescue of Miss Okeechobee County and Little Miss Okeechobee County. This entertainment was sponsored by the OK Corral Gun Club, which will open next month in Okeechobee County. Abigail Kerestes, 8, of Okeechobee was among the spectators who lined State Road 70 to watch the National Day of the Cowboy cattle drive on Saturday afternoon. The windy day meant Abigail was hanging onto her hat. Although dark skies threatened, thunder rumbled and lightning could be seen in the distance, it did not rain on the cattle drive or the rodeo on Saturday. Those who attended were treated to a nice breeze and comfortably cool temperatures as they enjoyed the cattle drive and rodeo. Day of the Cowboy honored with cattle drive and rodeo Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceThe KISSO Ranch team won rst place in the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association Day of the Cowboy Ranch Rodeo. Prize buckles were donated by Eli’s Western Wear. The team included Whitney Savoie, Cole Fulford, Billy Adams, Hayne Fulford, Bobby Jo Fulford, Cody Storey and Rabon Durrance. In front of the team is Cross Fulford. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bill CasianGrand Oaks residents along with staff attend the National Day of the Cowboy cattle drive on Saturday, July 23. It was a great opportunity for the residents to p artici p ate in communit y activities.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 13 Okeechobee News July 27, 2011 of her account. Kris told the Okeechobee w oman that all her company did was verify her card number. Georgia then contacted her bank, who then contacted the California company. And to make a long story short, Georgia’s bank w as able to get her money back. A call from this newspaper to the California company has not been returned. According to the web site of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of the Southland in Colton, Calif., International Business Mentoring, Inc. provides work-at-home business opportunities. That web site also shows that the company has an F rating and is not accredited with that BBB. The web site also indicates that there have been 22 complaints led with the bureau against the Valencia, Calif., company. However, when contacted by this newspaper a representative with that bureau refused to comment on whether or not any law enforcement agency had been contacted about the dealings of International Business Mentoring, Inc. But Jacqueline McNeal, of ce manager for the Better Business Bureau in Southeast Florida in Stuart, said the BBB does not contact law enforcement about a business. “If law enforcement contacts us for information on a business, we will provide that information to them,” she said. “We do not call ourselves since we are not the ones who are the victims. We recommend the consumer contact their local police department or sheriff’s of ce.” Which, is what Georgia has done. Earlier this week she led a complaint with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, as well as the BBB in Colton, Calif. “I’m trying to prevent someone else from going through what I went through,” she said. “I was lucky, I got my money back.” Hugh, 59, a disabled vet, and Georgia, 58, and also disabled, are not able to do the work on their home. So, Georgia called two local contractors but their work estimates were out of the couple’s price range. One contractor told her they could repair her porches with wood and it would cost around $7,300, while a second contractor told her it should be repaired with concrete and quoted her a price of $25,000 to $26,000. Then, she got the call from International Business Mentoring, Inc. “There is no government grant. They can really con you into it,” she said. “The way they talk, you truly believe them—I did.” SCAMContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A woman had her 24y ear-old son arrested after he allegedly punctured a tire on her sports utility vehicle with a knife and threw her 10-year-old nephew against a wall. Jeremy Lamont Jones w as arrested Sunday, July 24, on felony charges of criminal mischief and child abuse. At Jones’ rst appearance hearing Monday morning, Judge Larry Schack added a misdemeanor charge of simple battery. Jones was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $4,000. Jail records indicate he has since been released on bond. An arrest report by Deputy Matthew Hurst, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Jones woke his mother Sunday morning by beating on the window of her SUV. When she went outside to see what was going on, Jones reportedly demanded that she give him the keys to the 2006 Dodge. When she refused, he went into the home and returned with a knife. He then plunged the blade of the knife into the left front tire of the vehicle, added the report. According to Deputy Hurst the woman gathered up some of her grandchildren, pulled the knife from the tire and drove away “... with the air draining from the tire, in fear for the children’s safety.” The woman’s nephew told her that Jones had grabbed him by the shirt and thrown him against a wall in the house. With the boy crying, Jones allegedly chased him out the front door of the home and down the street. Deputy Hurst went on to state that when he entered the home he found Jones lying on the living room oor, and that the oor was covered in water and beer. The deputy’s report stated Jones not only ruined the $225 tire, but hurled full cans of beer at the SUV that caused multiple dents. In all, the deputy estimated the damage to the vehicle at $2,270. Jones also reportedly damaged a computer and monitor in the home. That damage was estimated to be $500, according to the report. Mom les charges against her son Jeremy L. Jones 2011 Sales Tax Holiday planned for Aug. 12-14The Florida Sales Tax exemption for clothing, footwear, accessories and school supplies will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. This exemption applies to each eligible item of clothing selling for $75 or less and to each eligible school supply selling for $15 or less and applies no matter how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer.


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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€ www.floridacare.net 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 www.newszap.com 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 27, 2011


Walpole, Inc. has a full-time supervisory position in the Accounts Receivable Department. Applicants must be detailed oriented, possess excellent communication skills and critical thinking skills. One must have the ability to meet deadlines efficiently and is proficient in Microsoft Applications.You may fax your resume to (863) 763-7874 or email to: mcook@walpoleinc.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 *. Lost 2 Black and Brown Doberman Pinchers last seen in the Okeechobee Little Farms area REWARD OFFERED Call 863-261-3706 Lost Female Border Collie in the vicinity of Hwy 441 and Hwy 68 W. All Black&White her name is Rose. Please contact Kaley(863)763-6520 or (863)261-5040 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! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeNAIL TECH NEEDED @ DaVi Nail (inside Walmart) Full or part time. Call Pam or stop in (863)763-6488 or (863)610-0046 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Employment Full Time Administrative Assistant Position available for Rollins Ranches, near Yeehaw Junction. General administrative tasks consist of preparing and compiling reports, assisting in preparation of budgets, tracking the status of assignments/projects, backing up of ce staff in accounts payable and data entry. Above average skills in Excel necessary, exceptional organizational, planning and writing skills. Competitive wages and bene ts, including 401K. Rollins Ranches, LLC is a drug-free workplace, background checks performed. Email resume to: jobs@rollinsranches.net or fax to 772-567-7808 and complete application at www.rollinsranches.net Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 www.newszap.com 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 www.newszap.com BarnsSheds& L awnItems2005 12’x16’ Utility Shed $1,200 Call 772-260-0078 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/SuppliesShotgun Browning Belgium made 16 gauge semi-auto shotgun. Includes a soft carry case. $500.00. (863)824-0835 or (863)634-5023 Pets/SuppliesMini dachshund pups CKC reg.super tiny lively 2 male pups, 1 merle & 1 black $350.00. (863)801-6144 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 Shop here first! The classified ads ApartmentsIN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 LG. CLEAN APT in town 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572 Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, fenced patio, washer, dryer, very clean. $650 rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3312 or 634-3313. OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 OKEECHOBEEON RIM CANAL 1 BR Cottage w/screen porch. Overlooking rim canal. $150 week, utilities included. (772)359-1640 TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished Available August 1st. $650 mo. + 1st & sec. dep. 561-352-4243 Commercial Property 3 Commercial Lots off SW Park Street, 150x142 1/2 (21,375 sq ft). $79,000 possible owner nancing or trade for House or Duplex. Call 863-634-8037 FOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Great SW Park Street Commercial Building for sale 3,500 square feet with, 2 entrances, new roof and air conditioners. $235,000 Call 863-634-7219 for Details How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Condos/Townhouses Rent2 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 BASSWOOD 3 BR, 2 BA, Garage, Screened Porch. New in 2008. $900 mo., 1st, last and $500 security. 863-610-7824 IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/ 2Ba, $1,000 mo. + 1st, last, sec. & refs. Call Barry for more info. 772-216-1461 OKEE 2/1, $495 mo. or 3/2, $650 mo. Beautiful ranch homes located 12 miles N.E. of town. Lawn, trash, and water incl. Pasture avail. Recently Updated. Move in special. Mon Fri. (863)467-9800. No Pets. OKEE 2bd/1ba CBS House, large lot, freshly painted, new carpet, w/d, well water, Located by 15-B $650 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $650 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414 OKEECHOBEE MODERN BRICK: 3BR, 2.5BA, 1 car garage. New carpet. On Rim Canal w/Boat dock. Rent Negotiable. Opt. 1/BR cottage w/dining room. Call (772)359-1640 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Houses-Rent OKEECHOBEE Nice 3br/2ba Brindeban Forrest, fenced yard, garage & shed. $650 mo. 1st & sec. Avail. August 1st! 863-634-0042 OLDER MOBILE HOME with nice 12x50 addition. 3BR, 1BA. $650/mo. incl. all utils, lawn care. Avail. 8/1 Laundry available. 815-412-0639. TREASURE ISLAND 4br/3ba On the water. New carpet, new paint. Lots of room. Covered porches. Fenced yard. 561-262-1390 OfficeSpace RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 RoommateFEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED 2 BR apt. Everything included Cable, internet, A/C. $100/wk each room Call (863)801-8278 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 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News July 27, 2011 Employment Full Time


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. Park St. € 863.763-5553W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! St. Lic. CACO29420Serving the entire lake area for 25 yearsOur Focus Is To Make You ComfortableŽFREE Estimates Sales € Service € Installation467-1545 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD€ Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 Advertise here! Great place to get noticed! 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) 763-4224www.faithfarm.orgL 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 dA v e.863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000390 FUEL TANK PLATFORMS NORTH REGION, MARTIN, OKEECHOBEE AND GLADES COUNTIES, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on AUGUST 26, 2011 for the FUEL TANK PLATFORMS NORTH REGION, MARTIN, OKEECHOBEE AND GLADES COUNTIES, FL. This project involves modi cations to the fuel tanks and access platforms at structures S-127, S-129, S-131, S-133, and S-135. The modi cations include: installation of a new railing system along the longitudinal axis of the tanks; application of a non-slip coating to the top of the tanks and under the railing system strap anchors; removal of existing stairs, platforms and railings and installation of new stairs, landings and elevated platforms; removal of an existing spill containment berm at S-131; construction of new concrete spill containment slabs at S-131 and S-135; installation of a new security fence and gates at S-127; removal of existing electrical conduits and wiring and construction of new electrical conduits and wiring; electrical bonding and grounding of the new railing system, fences, gates, stairs, and platforms; and adjustment and rewiring of existing site lighting. An OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011 AT 10:00 AM, at the District Okeechobee Field Station, 1000 NE 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. For directions call (863) 462-5280. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561) 682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov. 393094 CGS 7/28 ON 7/27/2011 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-SaleOwner 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 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: kgreene@tds.net or Phone: (513) 875-4395. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home, Fenced Yard, Security Required, No Pets Call 863-634-7231 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home, No Pets, At Spot in Sun $700 a month rst, last and security deposit. Call 772-260-0078 BUCKHEAD 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. TREASURE ISLAND 3/2, large yard. On water. New ooring. Move in now for $800, rst month free! $700/mo. No pets. 863-824-0981 MobileHomeSaleBANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on AUGUST 12, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1991 OLDSMOBILE CIERA VIN#2G3AL54R4M2310528 1996 CHEVY BLAZER VIN#1GNDT13W5T2245827 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 393522 ON 7/27/2011 MobileHomeSale $17,000 STEAL 2-2 Double Wide Includes Lot Nice Wood Floors, Great Interior, Some TLC Call 863-801-1739 1986 Park Model glassed in sunroom utility room in 4 Acres park on Taylor Creek. Shingle roof,vinyl siding.Very good condition. Adults only-No pets $12,000-O.B.O. 618-944-0441 Palm Harbor Homes Has 3 Modular Homes Available at HUGE Savings... Over 40K Off Call Today! 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Sports Vehicles/ ATVs2007 Suzuki EIGER 400 4-Wheeler, 4-wheel drive, realtree camo pkg, gun rack, custom wench, custom wheels, vampire mud tires, great condition. $4,500.00/neg (863)634-3067 or (863)634-1129 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE, 3.3 Eng., 6 month old Trans., $2,600 Call 863-467-4210 PublicNotice For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNoticeIN 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 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. Austin Florida Bar Number 669946 The Karp Law Firm, P.A. 2875 PGA Boulevard, Suite 100 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Telephone: (561) 625-1100 Fax: (561) 625-0060 Email: klf@karplaw.com 392709 ON 7/20,27/2011 PublicNotice Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CP-62 IN RE: Estate of ROBERT MARTIN SCOTT, Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION and NOTICE TO CREDITORS Formal Administration The administration of the Estate o f ROBERT MARTIN SCOTT, Deceased, whose date of death was January 22, 2011, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-8183, Case Number 2011-CP-62 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The estate is intestate. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. Any interested person on whom a copy of the notice of administration is served who challenges the quali cations of the Personal Representative, venue or jurisdiction of the court, is required to le an objection with the court in the manner provided in the Florida Probate Rules within the time required by law or those objections are forever barred. Any person entitled to exempt property is required to le a petition for determination of exempt property WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW OR THE RIGHT TO EXEMPT PROPERTY IS DEEMED WAIVED A surviving spouse seeking an elective share must le an election to take elective share WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW. 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 THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTE R THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication o f this Notice is: July 27, 2011. Law Of ce Of CASSELS & McCALL BY: JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Attorney for Personal Representative 400 NW 2nd Street/P.O. Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 (863) 763-3131 Fla Bar No: 0261521 GERRY L. MIXON Personal Representative 17201 NW 192nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 392813 ON 7/27;8/3/2011 17 Okeechobee News July 27, 2011 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. 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Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2011-18 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY DOUGLAS PARK SCHOOLHOUSE SEPTIC IMPROVEMENTS INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS ( original and (2) two copies ) will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 2 p.m. on August 15, 2011. They will be publicly opened by the County Clerk or designee and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time speci ed will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on construction of new Sanitary Septic Improvements including but not limited to labor, equipment and materials for the Okeechobee County Douglas Park Schoolhouse. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Speci cations and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from: AECOM Technical Services, Inc. 421 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8999 Any questions pertaining to the project speci cations or scope of work will be addressed to the AECOM Technical Services, Inc., in writing no later than seven (7) calendar days prior to bid of project, which is August 8, 2011. Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of Plans and Speci cations for a non-refundable deposit of Thirty Dollars ($30.00). The Bidders deposit shall be a check made payable to AECOM Technical Services, Inc. No partial sets of Drawings and Speci cations will be issued. Each bidder is required to visit the site and to perform all investigations in the preparation of the bid. A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at the Douglas Park Schoolhouse, 939 NE 16th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida on August 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certi ed Check, made payable to “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners”, in the amount of not less than ve percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount as a guarantee that the Bidder, if awarded the Contract, will execute and le acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within fteen (15) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modi cations to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past ve (5) years, client references and an audited or certi ed nancial statement, or other nancial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. Each bidder must submit a Public Entity Crimes Report (Florida Statute Section 287.133(3)(a). Bidders will con ne their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform the work and services or quali ed by examination to be so licensed. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the speci cations, it is the bidder’s responsibility to seek clari cation from AECOM Technical Services, Inc. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BID OKEECHOBEE COUNTY DOUGLAS PARK SCHOOLHOUSE SANITARY SEWER IMPROVEMENTS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2011-18. Margaret G. Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 393524 ON 7/27/2011 NOTICE OF OUA MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. All interested parties for or against the proposed Budget and other changes can be heard at said time and place. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director’s Of ce at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 393495 ON 7/27/2011 Public NoticeNOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute”, will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Elizabeth Kim Markham Under which we expect to engage in business at: 401 SE 8th St. Okeechobee, Fl 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Elizabeth Kim Markham Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this 26th day of July, 2011 By: Elizabeth Kim Markham 393533 ON 7/27/11 Public Notice 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: rps@mccarthysummers.com Attorneys for Plaintiff 392621 ON 7/20,27/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 08/12/2011, 10:00 am at 74 S. INDUSTRIAL LOOP, LABELLE, FL 33935, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1994 Ford 1FMDA41X1RZA59290 1983 Mercury 1MEBP79A5DF616304 1994 Toyota 4TAVN01DXRZ209968 393509 ON 7/27/2011 18 Okeechobee News July 27, 2011 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An additional 161 Okeechobee residents applied for unemployment bene ts as the jobless rate rose from 11.1 to 12 percent in June according to the monthly report from the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics Center. There were 2,294 residents who received bene ts last month compared to 2,131 in May. The rate of 12 percent was identical to the rate in June, 2010. Only nine Florida Counties had higher jobless rates last month, according to the state report. Glades County also saw a jump of one percent in their unemployment rate, the report stated. There were 532 residents who received unemployment bene ts, a rate of 9.4 percent. The jobless rate stood at 8.4 percent in May when 483 residents collected bene ts. Glades County had a lower unemployment rates than 48 Florida Counties. Around the Big Lake region Hendry County had the highest rate, 16.4 percent followed by St. Lucie Count y at 13.4 percent, Highlands Count y 11.6 percent, Palm Beach Count y 11 percent, and Martin County 10.8 percent. The state rate stood at 11.1 percent, an increase of one half of a point in June. The national unemployment rate grew from 8.7 to 9.3 percent, the report stated. The jobless rate in Florida was slightly lower this year than last and the national rate was down 2 tenths of a point last month. Jobless rate increases by 1 percent By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man is being held on bond in the county jail following his arrest for allegedly threatening to kill a man over some missing chickens. Javier Esquivel, 66, N.W. Seventh St., was arrested Friday, July 22, on a felony charge of aggravated assault. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Esquivel is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Matthew Hurst, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that Esquivel accused his neighbor of stealing about 40 chickens from him. He approached the neighbor Friday while armed with a small revolver and told the man to "... return the chickens or he would kill him," stated the deputy's report. According to Deputy Hurst, the revolver was found under a towel inside Esquivel's home. Neighbor threatened over missing chickens Javier Esquivel Recreational and commercial harvest seasons for spiny lobster in Florida are set to reopen soon. The special two-day spiny lobster sport season comes rst, July 27 and 28 this year, followed by the regular lobster season Aug. 6 through March 31. The special two-day sport season occurs on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July each year to let recreational harvesters collect spiny lobsters before commercial lobster traps are placed in the water on Aug 1. Recreational shers must have a saltwater shing license and a spiny lobster permit to harvest spiny lobsters, unless they are exempt from the recreational license requirements. Harvesters also must make sure their spiny lobsters have a carapace length greater than 3 inches to take them, and divers must possess a measuring device and measure all lobsters while in the water. During the two-day spiny lobster sport season, divers and snorkelers are allowed to take up to six lobsters per person daily in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park waters and 12 lobsters per person daily in other Florida waters. Lobster shermen may possess no more than the daily bag limit of lobsters when on the water. When lobster shers are off the water, they may possess the daily bag limit on the rst day and double the daily bag limit on the second day. Possession limits are enforced on and off the water during the two-day sport season. During the Aug. 6 through March 31 regular season, the daily recreational bag and on-the-water possession limit is six spiny lobsters per person. Night diving for spiny lobsters during the two-day sport season is not allowed in Monroe County, and all harvest of lobsters is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the two-day season. If you are diving in Monroe County be sure to download the lobster shing brochure at http:// oridakeys.noaa.gov/ regs/mc_lobster_2010.pdf. Lobster harvest is also prohibited at all times in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Spiny Lobster Sanctuary, certain areas in Pennekamp Park, and no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Divers and snorkelers are required to display a "divers-down" ag (red with a white diagonal stripe) while in the water. Divers-down ags displayed on vessels must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches, and a stiffener is required to keep the ag unfurled. Dive ags carried on oats must be at least 12 inches by 12 inches. More information on divers-down ag requirements is available online at MyFWC.com/Boating. Lobster season reopens with two-day sport season Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pet RescueJenny needs help Jenny is a young hound mix and has been diagnosed with heartworms. She will need a home or foster during treatment lasting two months. Okeechobee Pet/Rescue is also looking for nancial support for Jenny's treatment; without this treatment she could die. Other dogs at the shelter need the community's support too. Please contact Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/Rescue of ce at 863357-1104 if you can help.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 312 SW 2ndSt € Okeechobee € (800) 741-3994 F F P L PARTICIPATING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR Dont risk the chance of a hot weather breakdown. Call Okeechobee Air Conditioning today to schedule a precision tune-up and safety check. It will not only reduce your energy bills, but it will prolong the life of your unit. REBATES AVAILABLE UP TO $3,755 Unit Trade-In. . . . . (up to) $500 Carrier Spring Promo. (up to) $1250 Federal TaxCredit. . (up to) $300 FPLRebate. . . . . (up to) $1705Carrier Spring Promotion, FP&LRebate and Federal Tax Credit are based upon unit model, size and efficiency rating. 19 Okeechobee News July 27, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The children’s clothes closet at Grace Brethren Church 701 S. Parrott Ave, will be open July 27 from 10:30 a.m. until noon each day. There is no cost to those in need. Please call Ada at 863-6978539 for more information or to donate gently used clothes. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N, will host V acation Bible School this week through J uly 29, from to 7 to 9 p.m. each evening w ith classes for all ages. For more information please call 863-763-7743. Everglades Baptist Church and Treasure Island Baptist Church are hosting V acation Bible School this week through J uly 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 Highway 441 SE. For more info contact Lori Williams, VBS Director at 863-801-1414. Okeechobee Christian Church is hosting Vacation Bible School this week through July 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visit the website at www.okeechobeechristianchurch.com or call 467-7858 for information. Seventh Day Christian Church 912 N.W. Park St., presents The Weaver Family Gospel Singers in a program of Southern and Contemporary Gospel on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Buckhead Ridge Baptist, 1731 Hunter Road, in Buckhead Ridge, will host Vacation Bible School with a Beach Blast theme, from 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 1-5, for ages 3 to 16. For more information, call 863-763-7532. Victory Baptist Church 500 S.W. Ninth St., will host Vacation Bible School Aug. 1 through 5 from 6 to 8 each evening, There will be classes for kindergarten through twelfth grade. For more information call 863-763-0669. Vacation Bible School is coming soon to the Fountain of Life Church Pre-registration for students 4-12 years old will be this Saturday, July 30 10 a.m. 12 noon. Hometown Nazareth “Where Jesus was a Kid” vacation bible school starts on Aug. 8–12, at 6–8 p.m. each night. If you have any questions, please call Fountain of Life Church at 863-763-8945. Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd St., is accepting Upward Soccer registration for children going into K-4 through 8th grade. The cost is $65 per child and the deadline to register is Aug. 9. The rst practice is the week of Sept. 6. Register for either activity at the church of ce or by going to www.oakviewbaptist.com under FORMS. For more information on either activity call 863-763-1699. Okeechobee Church of God 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., presents the “So Long Summer Tour” featuring Caleb and Samestate on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the church, Pritchards and Associates and at itickets.com. The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com@ or call Pete Gawda at 863-7633134, extension 4225. Churches plan Vacation Bible School Places ofWorship


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