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Publication Date: 08-28-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, August 28, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 103 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.58 feetLast Year: 14.05 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Festival, rodeo and parade planned ... Page 3 Seniors lead volleyball team ... Page 16 Okeechobee’s Most Wanted ... Page 10 Party Platters to Go A u g u s t S p e c i a l P l a t t e r s O N L Y$2 9 9 9 With coupon only 24 hour notice required! Let us cater your next party or event. Serves up to 10 people By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County ranchers still carry on the tradition of branding cattle, some with brands that have been in the family for several generations. Contrary to popular belief, the American cattle industry began in Florida—not in the western United States. The Spaniards brought cattle and cattle brands to Florida in the early 1500s. Historic brands still used Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaSonny Williamson holds a “Bowlegged W” branding iron. That is one of the brands of Williamson Cattle Company. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaRay Domer, owner of Domer’s Machine Shop, holds an “F2” branding iron that was made in his shop. The business has been making most of the branding irons used in this area since 1926. See BRAND — Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThis display, at Domer’s Machine Shop, includes boards with brands burned into them from branding irons made by Domer’s. ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ on Labor Day weekendBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is stepping up its impaired driver enforcement by taking part in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that runs through the Labor Day weekend. FHP is taking part in the campaign to reduce the number of impaired drivers on Florida’s highways in an effort to save lives. The campaign of cially began Aug. 19, and will continue through Sept. 5. “Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but also the trauma and nancial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be signi cant,” said FHP director Colonel David Brierton. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorne y fees, time away from work and dozens o f other expenses. Do not take the chance. Our troopers will pull you over if you do not drive sober.” There were 17 people killed in traf c incidents on Florida roads during the 2010 Labor Day weekend, according to FHP reports. Out of the roughly 1,300 crashes worked by troopers Friday through Monday, 78 involved alcohol. Troopers also made 80 arrests for driving under the in uence o f alcohol or drugs. More than 14,000 citations were issued—including 5,000 for speeding and 1,500 for failure to wear a seat belt. FHP is part of national DUI effortSee DUI — Page 5


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Okeechobee Main Street invites everyone to celebrate your 2011 Labor Day Holiday in Flagler Park on Sept. 3, 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Festival organizers are excited to announce that Lunker’s Sports Grill will be sponsoring the First Corn Hole Competition, a game in which small bags of corn are thrown into holes in wooden targets. The competition is double elimination with prizes to be awarded to the top contenders. A pplications for this event are available at Lunker’s Sports Grill located at 4825 Highw ay 441 South or at the Okeechobee Main Street Of ce, 111 Northeast 2nd Street. Cost is $10 per team and the championship competition will be held Monday, Sept. 5, at noon. Okeechobee’s own Chobee Steelers will be rocking the stage on Monday at noon. These young men, under the direction of Shirlean Graham, are amazing on the Steel Drums and are absolutely a must-see! Scott Benge will be providing music in the parks on Saturday and Monday. An accomplished acoustical guitarist and vocalist, he has played in numerous venues on the east coast, as well as in Okeechobee. Scott describes his music as “Acoustic Music with Heart and Soul.” In addition to the kids activities and music on Saturday, attendees can enjoy the Sacred Heart Martial Arts program at 11 a.m. and the “Top Dog” Hot Dog Competition at noon. On Monday, Sept. 5, the B.R.A.T. Club will sponsor the Labor Day parade, following the regular parade route in downtown Okeechobee and ending in Flagler Park. Following the parade, meet fair and festival royalty on stage at 11:30. Also see a demonstration provided by the X-plosion Cheer and Dance squad and “Hoop It Up” with the Kids’ Hula Hoop Contest. The brave of heart can sign up to participate in the “Soda Chug” on Monday at 2 p.m. Those interested in the “Top Dog” hot dog eating contest or “Soda Chug” competitions can sign up at the Main Street Of ce or at the Main Street Booth at the Festival. Daily kid activities include the “Kids Workshop” sponsored by Home Depot, the Limbo Shuf e, 3-legged race, Kids Korn Hole, and a water balloon race “Balloon Lagoon,” among others. Also look for Ronald “Eugene” Dawson as he wanders through the crowd performing “Simply Magic” for everyone! Over 70 vendors and non-pro t organizations will be on hand to entice festival goers with amazing festival food items, specialty wares and important information about our town. Come support local organizations as they attempt to help others in the community! For further information about the festival, festival applications or if you would like to volunteer please contact Cindy Birdashaw, Okeechobee Main Street at 863-357-6246. Labor Day Parade applications are available at the Okeechobee News of ce, 107 S.W. 17th Street and at Toni’s Chic Boutique, 121 S.W. Park Street. Applications are also online on the Okeechobee Public Form on www.newszap.com and on the Okeechobee News Facebook page. Parade rules are on the application form. The First Florida High School Rodeo Association rodeo of the season took place at the Fred Smith Brighton Arena on Aug. 20 and 21. The FHSRA had 45 new members and 55 returning members sign up. Of those 100 members, 16 are from right here in Okeechobee. The Okeechobee High School Rodeo Team includes: Shiloh Anuez, Dalton Boney, Summer Douglas, Austin Holmes, Raylee Holmes, Josh Keese, Joshua Lea, Tyler Mills, Trevor Nelson, Ashton Rogers, Jerrod Sparks, Josie Stratton, Nat Stratton, Mackenzie Tomlinson, Allyson Trimble and Acealyn Youngblood. The Okeechobee High School Rodeo Team did well in the Brighton event. Those in the top 10 placings included the following. Saturday Aug. 20: Goat Tying: Raylee Holmes placed 10th.; Tie Down Roping: Dalton Boney placed 4th; Saddle Bronc: Nat Stratton came in 1st place; Barrels: Josie Stratton placed 7th; Team Roping: Boney/Brass eld team placed 5th; Bull Riding: Austin Holmes placed 2nd. Sunday Aug. 21: Bareback Riding: Tyler Mills tied for 1st place; Goat Tying: Allyson Trimble placed 10th; Tie Down Roping: Dalton Boney placed 5th.; Saddle Bronc: Nat Stratton came in 1st place; Barrels: Acealyn Youngblood placed 6th; Team Roping: Tomlinson/Trimble team placed 3rd. Sparks/Stratton team placed 9th; Pole Bending: Josie Stratton placed 10th; Bull Riding: Tyler Mills came in 1st place. Rodeo Team does well at Brighton 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Have A Sa f e Holida y !WEDNESDAYDEADLINEDisplay Advertising ................3 p.m., Friday,September 2The Okeechobee News will close Monday, September 5thfor Labor Day Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! 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For more information online, go to www. okeechobeecattlemansassociation.com. Cattlemen sponsor Labor Day Rodeo


Dean’s Court eyesore Homeowners are paying more than their fair share of taxes in Dean’s Court and getting no services in return. Allow me to ask the question if even one of our commissioners have driven by N.W. Ninth Ave. and N.W. 12th St. in the past six years? Well, I am pleading to the “powers that be” again to do something about those two dilapidated buildings standing there. The buildings harbor stray animals and everything else you can imagine. Please remove them. I know you would not allow this in your neighborhood for even one day, why mine?Selling alcohol to teens Teenagers are very different now. Maybe this is because of the different factors in the society that we have today. And I can’t imagine the situation 20 years from now. This alcohol issue is just one of their bad habits. Parents should pay attention for this. The police of cers and the concerned authorities are also involved in this issue. Crime will arise if we let this happen.Athletes need help What on earth is going on in the athletic department at Okeechobee High School? Students, parents and guardians are sharing their deepest concerns with the principal and sports faculty. The athletes are doing their part, giving their best, year after year, playing their hearts out and they are bringing home ribbons, medals and trophies, and all they receive in return is the “you did great.” Well, that is not good enough. These promising athletes require more than a “you did great” and a pizza party. Show some genuine care, concern and competency by advocating for these young athletes with potential and assist them with attaining scholarships to further their education. In doing this you will give these athletes the opportunity they so desperately desire and need to become contributing citizens in our society. Please, please OHS help these students. Do what other high schools of excellence are doing.Football Congratulations to the OHS Brahmans football team. How nice to start the year with a win! I hope they have a great season!  Thank you to everyone who came out to support the football team and the band! All in all, everything went off without a hitch considering the game was changed with less than 24 hours notice! Great job to everyone who played a role.Labor Day Parade So glad to hear we got the Labor Day Parade back. These small town traditions may not seem important, but they are. These traditions are the things that hold a community together. We all need to pull together to keep the town going. I am especially pleased that is was a group of young people who stepped up and volunteered to help put on the parade. We need kids like that, kids who care about something other than themselves.  I love the zombie idea for the parade. If the emergency management of ce wants to do it all they have to do is post it on newszap and I am pretty sure they will get plenty of volunteer zombies.  It sounds like Labor Day weekend will be a busy one in Okeechobee, with the big festival in the park with new activities added, the rodeo and the parade. If we can keep the hurricanes away, it should be great.  I am so happy the Labor Day Parade is going to be held after all. In response to the comments in the letter to the editor, I don’t think the parade rules were the problem. The rules have to do with public safety. You can’t throw candy from a oat because kids have gotten hurt when they dash into the street after the candy and sometimes fall or run right in front of a vehicle or horse. In another state, a child ran for some candy, fell and a oat ran over him. You can have people walking the parade route handing out candy to those on the sidelines. A lot of people do that. You just can’t throw it. Whip cracking during the parade was banned because not all horses are desensitized to that loud crack. In a past parade, one cowboy cracked a whip and another rider’s horse spooked and nearly ran over people on the sidelines. Music must be family-friendly with no offense language. That is just common sense for a family event.  As a band parent, I was happy to learn we will have the parade. I love to see the band march in a parade. It’s something those kids will always remember, marching in their hometown parade. By Rev. Calvin FryarPastor, Brighton Baptist Church “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.” (II Timothy 4:10) “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:11-14) Demas is mentioned three times in the Bible Colossians 4:14; Philemon 1:24; and in our text. When you read these references carefully, you will nd that Demas turned away from the Gospel for the world-that is an ever existing danger. “Just one letter of the alphabet makes all the difference between us now,” said a recently-converted young woman to an unsaved friend, who could not understand the great change that had come over her. “You love the world,” she said, “and I love the Word.” “Word of Life” A young preacher, Joel Osteen, wrote a book entitled, “Your Best Life is Now.” I do not know if he meant to say what the title implies but our best life is not now --it is yet to come. Sin has ruined this world. But God says He has made a new one, a world not cursed with sin. The Christian must understand that as long as we are in this sin cursed world, life will be a struggle. John Bunyan wrote about this struggle as he saw if from his dark, damp call in the Bedford Jail. He was there for preaching the Gospel! He wrote that Christian and Faithful were persecuted in Vanity Fair for four reasons: First, the pilgrims were clothed with such a kind of raiment as was diverse from the raiment of any that traded in that fair. The people, therefore, made a great gazing; some said they were fools, bedlams, outlandish men. Secondly, few could understand what they said; they naturally spoke the language of the Canaan, but they that kept the fair were the men of this world; so that they seemed barbarian each to the other. Thirdly, these pilgrims set very light by all the wares sold in the fair; they cared not so much as to look upon them, (but) looked upward, signifying that their trade and traf c was in Heaven. “Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations.” Our world may sometimes be very dark, but blessings are sometimes hidden in th e darkness. Mr. N. Hartas rummaged through an attic in northern England and found “ A Hare Among Plants, with a Robin, Lizard and Insects,” the only existing painting o f sixteenth century German artist Hands Hoffman. Aside from the accumulated grime, the painting was in ne condition and looked exceptional when cleaned. Lying within reach of the homeowners for years, the painting simply gathered dust and wen t unappreciated. Only when an art expert discovered it did the owners reap the nancial advantage they could have enjoyed long before: $610,500. The Christian must remember that his hour of darkness and trouble are only temporary and accordingly we must continue to let our light shine. According to Jesus, w e should never hide it. (Matthew 5:15) Arthur Gordon reminds us of an inscription that was found on a small new gravestone after the devastating air raids on Britain in World War II. “There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the ligh t of one small candle.” “Encyclopedia o f 15,0000 Illustrations” Without darkness, we would never understand the light; we must see and understand the contrast between light and darkness. God knows that we will become mor e aware of the light as we travel these dar k valleys called life. The following was found in a church bulletin: “As you leave church, may God gran t you:/Enough darkness to see the light; / Enough trials to evaluate rest;/ Enough conviction to seek redemption;/ Enough tears to understand love;/ Enough kindness-to lift burdens;/Enough grace-to shield sinners;/ Enough silence-to hear the Hol y Spirit;/ Enough vision-to re ect Christ. “Lutheran Digest” Sunday, August 28, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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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. 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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 ww.newszap.com, 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! Today: Isolated showers and thunder storms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming southwest between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 2 0 percent. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of show ers and thunderstorms before 10 p.m. Partl y cloudy, with a low around 74. Southwes t wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 28, 2011 The deadline to register for the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation’s Youth Soccer League is Thursday, Sept. 1. Parents can register Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Of ce at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). It is $35 per child and will require a copy of the participant’s birth certi cate. The league consists of divisions: 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 & Under. Age determination date is Dec. 31. For more details, call 863-763-6950. Anyone interested in coaching or sponsoring a team is encouraged to call the of ce. If you have any outgrown or unused soccer shoes and shin guards, please bring them to the Recreation Dept. so that those who need it can make use of them. Soccer sign up deadline approaches The article headlined, “United Feed Coop Mill destroyed by re,” in the Friday, Aug. 26 edition of the Okeechobee News contained an error. The article stated the American Red Cross no longer has an of ce in Okeechobee and that re ghters had to rely on good Samaritans and family members to supply re ghters with food and water. This was incorrect. The American Red Cross does still have an of ce in Okeechobee County, and according to Red Cross spokesperson Chuc k Parker, Red Cross volunteers did take water, ice and Gatoraid to the re ghters who were battling the feed mill re. He added that the y did have some dif culty getting to the scene due to the road closures caused by the re. Correction: Red Cross of ce still open Cattle theft probably started shortly afterw ard and is still going on. It was believed to be one of the causes of the Seminole Wars. In 1871 Andrew Jackson led several skirmishes which resulted in the capture of over 1,600 head of cattle, some with brands from Georgia farms. According to Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hazellief, cattle theft is on the rise in the area. Since most cattle have no natural identifying characteristics, brands are used to establish ownership. Determining ownership can be complicated w hen branded cattle are sold and the new owner’s brand is added. It may take some investigation to determine which is the current brand. Brands also come in handy to identify cattle that have strayed from their pastures. Brands are read from left to right and from top to bottom. If there is one letter or gure inside another, the brand is read from the outside in. Some brands are designed from letters from the owners initials. The wood res that were originally used to heat branding irons have been replaced in many cases by propane. The secret to a good brand, according to local ranchers, is to have a hot iron applied to the animal for about 3 seconds. It must be applied rmly but not hard. It must be done quickly before the animal has time to inch and possibly cause a blurred brand. There are over 5,400 brands in the state registered with the Florida Department of A griculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Animal Industry. Okeechobee County, w hich has the largest livestock market east of the Mississippi River, is well represented among that number. Brand registration must be renewed every ve years. Originally brands were registered to a particular county. Most of the brands currently registered and all new brands registered are registered statewide. The older brands are registered to a particular county. There are around 40 of those older brands registered to Okeechobee County, many to pioneer cattle families such as Pierce and Raulerson. Registered brands may be sold, assigned or donated as personal property. The use of brands is not required in Florida, but if brands are used, they must be properly registered. In Florida, horses are not usually branded. Since 1926 most of the branding irons in this area have been made by Domer’s Machine Shop. Ray Domer, third generation owner of the business, said he still makes branding irons, but not as many as his father and grandfather. Many times he or his father or grandfather would have to offer suggestions for improving the design of the brand. Sometimes cattle owners came up w ith designs that would result in a blurred, splotched burn. The Domers made suggestions that would result in a clearer brand. Mr. Domer said that ranchers usually had two branding irons made. That way one could be in use while the other was on the re getting hot. He said they also had a set of numbers made into branding irons so they could brand the year the calf was born. Retired Judge Bill Hendry grew up in the cattle business. His parents had the brand “HD,” which stood for Hendry and Dunkinson, his mother’s maiden name. His rst brand was “BH” but he later changed it to “Flying H” after his time in the Air Force. While he has not owned any cattle since some time in the 1970s, the judge keeps his brand registered in case some of his children or grandchildren want to use it. One of the oldest and better known brands in Okeechobee is the “101” brand. This brand was established in Oklahoma in 1893 on the 101 Ranch near what is now Ponca City. At its peak of operations, the 101 Ranch spread over four counties and consisted of 101,000 leased acres, hence the name. In the early 1900s, the ranch operated the 101 Wild West Show that performed all over the country including Madison Square Garden. According to Williams family records, Fitz Hugh Williams, who was born in 1870, ran cattle in Glades and Highlands counties. In the 1930s he expanded his cattle operations into Okeechobee County when he bought some cattle from the 101 Ranch. Since there was no “101” brand in Florida, it was decided to keep that brand. The “101” brand was easily re tted over the Williams family brand of “O.” A few years later some cattle bearing the “101” brand appeared in the movies. According to the Okeechobee News of Aug. 16, 1946, 700 steers bearing the “101” brand were shipped to Nogales, Ariz. to appear in the John Wayne movie “Red River.” The cattle were also used on other western movies of that era. Today the “101” brand belongs Fitz Hugh’s grandson, Haynes, former clerk of the courts, who operates the 101 Ranch on part of his grandfather’s original acreage. The “TO” brand belonged to Frank Williamson, Sr., founder of Williamson Cattle Company, who established the Okeechobee Livestock Market in 1942. It looked like a T with an O bisecting the stem of the T. His son, Frank Williamson, Jr. (Sonny) said there was no signi cance to the letters. He said it was a brand from Texas that his father liked. Today there are several brands used by the Williamson Cattle Company which is operated by Frank Williamson, Jr. his sons and grandsons, including one known as the “Bowlegged W.” The “Right Turn” or “Bent Arrow” is the one most commonly used today. The most famous of several brands used by the Adams Ranch is the “Crossed Seven” which is comprised of two backwards sevens with their stems intersecting at a right angle. According to “The Adams Ranch Stewardship Program Historical Analysis and Report” by Joe A. Akerman, Jr., this particular brand has been used on Florida cattle since the early 1890s. Mr. Akerman quotes Bud Adams as saying that the “Crossed Seven” has probably been used to identify nearly one half million head of cattle. The “Crossed Seven” has been in the Adams family for about 70 years. BRANDSContinued From Page 1 All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads during the four-day holiday period. The Labor Day holiday of cially begins Friday, Sept. 2. FHP auxiliary troopers also will volunteer to add to FHP’s presence during the holida y weekend. While FHP is aiming to increase its presence to deter traf c violations, it is also enhancing its services to motorists who break down while traveling or need other assistance. To contact the FHP to report an aggressive or impaired driver, or to request roadside help, dial *FHP (*347) from your cell phone. DUIContinued From Page 1


Freedom Outreach holds shing tournamentsThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on two nal Sundays, A ug. 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 at least three tournaments to be in the Classic. Register early. Please call 561719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Senator Nelson to visit OkeechobeeU.S. Senator Bill Nelson will visit the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse Commission Chambers, 304 N.W. 2nd Street on Monday, Aug. 29 at 10:15 a.m. for a Okeechobee Community Leaders Meeting. For more information, please call Senator Nelson's of ce at 561-514-0189.Food Stamp Assistance Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy 441 SE, on Monday, Aug. 29 from 1 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 772-971-3316.Firestix softball to hold tryouts this week Chobee Firestix Fall softball will hold tryouts for four travel squads this week. The tryouts take place Tuesday and W ednesday, Aug. 30 and 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Okeechobee Christian Church at 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Players attend only one day and teams will be announced on the team's Facebook page. The four teams are for eight and under, 10 and under, 12 and under and 14 and under. For more information call 863-634-6322 or 863-467-4900. OCEA has rst meetingThe Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) will have its rst General Membership Meeting of the 2011-2012 school year Thursday, Sept. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Okeechobee Freshmen Campus, 610 S.W. 2nd Ave. All OCEA members of the instructional and classi ed bargaining unit are encouraged to attend. Potential members may join at the meeting. Come hear and see the teacher evaluation system of which negotiations will continue on Sept. 7, current legislative issues affecting public education employees, and get door prizes and refreshments. Now is the time to be informed! Contact Candy Walker, at 863-634-2268 for information.Democratic Executive Council to meetThe ODEC (Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council) will have a workshop session on Thursday, Sept. 1 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Beef O'Brady's meeting room. All members are encouraged to attend.Pregnancy Center to hold yard saleThe Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, 500 N.W. 6th Street, will be having a yard sale on Friday, Sept. 2 only, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Center and the programs available for the community.Labor Day party at VFWVFW, #9528, at 29012 E. S.R. 78, will hold an "all you can eat," all-day party for $8. The Labor Day party will start at noon and last until 5 p.m. There will be pork butts and polish sausage, a 50/50 drawing, ladies cake walk, and men's auxiliary and Amvets jail and bail. Music by Buck Wallace and True Country Band. Call 863-467-2882 for information.ConKerr CancerSeptember is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To honor this event the local chapter of ConKerr Cancer will join together with chapters nationwide to produce more pillowcases than ever before. During the entire month of September, we will participate in the Second Annual Miles of Pillowcase Smiles or "MOPS" for short. Did you know that it takes 2,112 pillowcases laid end-to-end to make one mile of pillowcase (smiles)? Okeechobee ConKerr Cancer will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave, on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be sewing pillowcases for children with cancer or other life-changing illnesses. There will be door prizes and refreshments will be served. Donations of time, cash and fabric (suitable for infants through 18 years) are always welcome. If you can't sew, we also need volunteers to wash, iron and package pillowcases. Please contact Joan at 863-467-0290 for more information.Children's Services Council budget hearing setThe Children's Services Council of Okeechobee will have their rst Public Budget Hearing for the year 2011-2012 on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 5:01 p.m., in the Okeechobee County School Board of ce, Room 303 at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee.Healthy Start to meetThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th Street within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877. Fundraiser planned to help local dying man Flower Petals is sponsoring a bene t for a local man with stage 4 bone cancer. His name is Jim Dwyer, formerly of JD Dog Training. Jim has lived in Okeechobee for over 16 years and is an Air Force Veteran. He is unable to work as his cancer is very aggressive. Our fundraiser consists of the antique pictures of children. The photographer will bring clothing (up to a child's size 16) and all the props. The Hampton Inn has generously donated a meeting room for the location and it will be held Sept. 9-10 Coupons for sittings must be purchased in advance. The cost is $10 per family and includes a FREE 10X13 photo. Other photos will be available for purchase. Anyone wishing to do so can earn free picture packages, helping themselves and a very good cause. For more information please contact Lisa or Pat at one of the following numbers: 863763-5051, 863-634-6985, or 863-634-7994. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 6 Okeechobee News August 28, 2011Obituaries 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.David J. DeVaughn, 57OKEECHOBEE Loved by family and friends, David J. DeVaughn passed away after a long illness at Hamrick House. He was 57. Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. on August 30, 2011, at the Church of God, 301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries Community Events


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 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 28, 2011 A new surface at the Henry Creek Boat Ramp allows for smooth launchThe South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) opened the refurbished Henry Creek Boat Ramp Friday, improving access to Lake Okeechobee on public land. Once just a slope of sand and shells, the 30-year-old boat ramp now has a surface of interlocking concrete blocks, 72 feet long by 10 feet wide. The new ramp is designed to allow for an easier and safer launch for the boating public. New parking spaces were also added at the ramp, located in the Lake Okeechobee Rim Canal (L-47) in Okeechobee County. The District is steadily increasing recreational access to public lands while continuing to manage them to support environmental restoration, water supply, water quality and ood control missions. At present, the District has opened 621,000 acres of land to the public. Many of these properties are in their natural state or have enhancements such as picnic tables, informational kiosks, campsites and hiking trails. For more information on recreational opportunities throughout the District's 16county region, visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation. Boat ramp reopens with improved access Courtesy photoSFWMD has revamped the ramp at Henry Creek which will allow boaters a smoother launch into the Rim Canal. The ramp has always been a popular launch point however, the once bumpy surface of shells and sand is now lined with concrete pavers smoothing out the launchpad.


The Okeechobee USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Okeechobee County Soil and Water Conservation District would like to welcome Soil Conserv ationist, Cliff Starling. Mr. Starling hails from Suwannee County and joined the staff at the Okeechobee Field Of ce on Aug. 15. He brings a wealth of knowledge including a lifetime of experience farming and ranching. Agriculture is a part of his heritage; his family has farmed the same piece of land in Live Oak for over 100 years. Mr. Starling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science and has held several different jobs in the agriculture industry including: Extension Agent, BMP Research Coordinator, and Commercial Forest Manager. He was employed with NRCS in Bonifay, Fla. for 14 months before being stationed in Okeechobee. Mr. Starling moved to Okeechobee along with his wife, Angela, and two children, Erin and Clay, for the opportunity it afforded him to gain new experiences. He is also looking forward to putting his expertise to work for the local agricultural community. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 www.mid”orida.comFederally insured by NCUA. No tricks, no angles, no hidden fees … just a checking account that offers you everything you need … FOR FREE! € No minimum balance requirement € Free Debit Card € Free Debit Card Rewards € Free Online Banking with Online Bill Payment € Free eStatement and more!Free Checking $2Well pay YOU each month.2Mobile Banking On-The-Go $77 Limited Time Offer with your new FREE checking account1 It pays to bank with PLUS! Get a free photo debit card with your new checking account.OKEECHOBEE 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.(866) 913-3733Habla Espaol (877) 834-6376 re! dden fees … just a r s you n ce a rd s wi th mo s h ore! A $5 minimum savings account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA. Credit approval required. 1. Oer valid as of August 15, 2011 and may be cancelled without notice. To qualify for the $77 cash incentive, you must open a checking account of any type except Basic, RT4T or On-The-Go. $50 minimum deposit required. Anyone who has held a checking account with MIDFLORIDA in the past will not qualify for the $77 incentive. To get $77 incentive you must sign up for direct deposit (minimum $500) within 30 days of account opening. $77 will be deposited to account following rst direct deposit transaction. 2. For the account to qualify as On-The-Go Mobile Banking, you must accept and open online banking, eStatement, eNotice and a debit card and requires mobile banking access using an iPhone or Android phone. To receive the $2 per month incentive, you must complete at least 10 debit card purchase transactions. ATM transactions will not apply. € No minimum opening deposit € Free Photo Debit Card € Free Mobile Banking € Free eStatement € Minimum 10 debit card transactions to earn $2An account geared for those who live with nothing but a few cards in their pocket and a smartphone within reach at all times. iPhone or Android smartphone required. Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. THEATRE III: COWBOYS & ALIENSŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE I: BAD TEACHERŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: MONTE CARLOŽFri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 August 26 August 26TH THSeptember 1 September 1ST STFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG-13 Movie Tickets:Adults $6.50 € Children 12 & under $5.00 € Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies € Matinees $4.50 R 8 Okeechobee News August 28, 2011 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Aug. 22 and 23, 2011 Cows Breaking 65.00 70.00 Cutter 60.00 67.00 Bulls 1000-1500 80.00 86.00 1500-2000 71.00 75.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 779 1371 Cows 280 362 Str 50 69 Hfrs 65 71 Bulls 15 26 Yrlngs 40 107 Mix 0 55 Total 1229 2061 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 180-205 140-160 250-300 170-200 135-155 300-350 155-180 130-145 350-400 137-157 120-140 400-450 118-130 112-123 450-500 117-125 110-118 550-600 114-120 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 145-160 120-135 250-300 140-165 120-133 300-350 130-150 115-127 350-400 120-135 108-118 400-450 112-124 103-111 Prices still pretty good and steady on calves. Some good 600# steers bringing $1.20. Slaughter cows and bulls were $2 lower. David Lott and Dennis Coulter topped the calf market with a high of $2.05. Seminole Tribe of Brighton topped the cow market with a high of $76, bought by Central. Still need rain out west to help things. See ya next week Jeff Okeechobee Field Station welcomes Cliff Starling Special to the Okeechobee NewsMr. Starling is looking forward to putting his expertise to work for the local ag community at the Okeechobee Field Of ce.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1796 Highway 441N € Okeechobee, FL34972 (863) 763 2151 € RaulersonHospital.comFor more than 30 years Raulerson Hospital has been your community hospital, providing quality patient care twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Many impactful changes have occurred in healthcare over that time, including: technological advancements in equipment and procedures, introduction of the HIPPAPrivacy Rule and even the very pharmaceuticals used to treat patientsneeds, have evolved from tedious research studies and trials. One thing that will never change is our commitment and responsibility to provide you and your family with safe, quality health care services in a professional manner.Some of the services available include:Emergency Care Twenty-four hours, seven days a week, Emergency Room care Radiology X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CATScan, and Nuclear Medicine Rehabilitation Including physical therapy, speech therapy, & occupational therapy Surgical Services Including colon/rectal surgery, ear nose and throat surgery, endoscopic surgery, general surgery, gynecology, orthopedic, podiatry, stereotactic breast surgery, TIF (for chronic heartburn), vascular surgery and urology If you have not been to Raulerson Hospital recently for your medical needs, come and experience the quality patient care we provide everyday; because We are Raulerson!For a physician referral or health information contact Consult-A-Nurse at 1-800-449-8642 To schedule an appointment contact 877-331-7027. 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 28, 2011 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 September 30, 2011. Call for details. S a v a n n a h s e z . . H a v i n g A / C P r o b l e m s ?W h y n o t c l i p t h i s a d a n d r e c e i v e aF R E E D i a g n o s t i c( $ 7 5 v a l u e ) Lic # CAC029420 Beginning Nov. 1, Raulerson Hospital w ill become a tobacco-free campus. After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted — inside or outside — on hospital property. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas outside Raulerson Hospital where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products. Nationally, more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeciency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined, according to the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Raulerson Hospital is providing early and frequent communication regarding this new policy. Signage has been posted, both inside and outside the hospital to help educate and inform patients, visitors and employees about the campus becoming tobacco-free. A s a resource to assist anyone wishing to quit smoking, Raulerson Hospital will offer free smoking cessation classes beginning in September. The classes are free and open to employees, as well as the public. Two of Raulerson Hospital’s Respiratory Department employees have been trained to lead the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking classes. Eight, one-hour cessation classes will occur weekly, beginning Sept. 12. The classes will be held each Monday at 5:30 p.m., in Raulerson Hospital’s Dining Room. For more information or to register, contact Shawn Poland at 863-8242757. Raulerson Hospital’s decision to go tobacco-free is not an attempt to force anyone to quit using tobacco products. Rather, the tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to healthy living. Hospital of cials are asking for community support in Raulerson’s tobacco-free initiative as they move toward Nov. 1, 2011. Initiating tobacco-free facilities is not uncommon for area hospitals. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and St. Lucie Medical Center, who along with Raulerson Hospital comprise HCA’s (Hospital Corporation of America) Treasure Coast Market, are both already tobacco-free zones. Raulerson Hospital offers free smoking cessation classes Special to the News/ Raulerson HospitalSigns, like this one, are part of Raulerson Hospital’s efforts to inform and educate patients, employees and visitors about the Nov. 1 tobacco-free policy for all Raulerson Hospital property. Raulerson Hospital will also be offering free smoking cessation classes for employees and the public, beginning in September. Okeechobee Blood Drive season is here again and we will kick off our fall season with a three-day blood drive to be held on Labor Day weekend. Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4, Monday, Sept. 5 buses in the Park at the Festival, 10 a.m.3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 TD Bank, 10 a.m.3 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 11 Golden Corral, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 15 Okeechobee High School; Friday, Sept. 16 Health Dept., 11 a.m-5 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 16 Seacoast, South, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Upcoming local Blood Drives Give blood Save lives!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 1500 S.Parrott Ave.€ Okeechobee863-763-7202Monday Nights( ( A u g u s t 2 9t hO c t o b e r 3 1s t) 7:00pm Please,No Large Purses or Bags Allowed $1.50 admission for everyone 10 Okeechobee News August 28, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Buckhead Ridge man is being held in the Glades County Jail following his arrest on Okeechobee County warrants that charge him with 11 felonies. Ryan Joseph Bosold, 22, Peach St., was arrested Thursday, Aug. 25, on felony charges of grand theft, fraudulent use of a credit card (four counts), criminal use of personal identi cation (four counts) and credit card theft (two counts). He was also arrested on three misdemeanor counts of petit theft. Bosold is being held without bond. It was not known as of newspaper deadline when he would be returned to Okeechobee County. Detective Rosemary Farless, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), is the lead investigator on the case and it was she who applied for and received the 14 arrest warrants. According to the detective, the charges stem from Bosold's theft of a man's ATM card. The man, who is disabled and lives on a xed income, noticed a large amount of money missing from his account. Bosold allegedly used the ATM card to get $686 from the man's account. "When you live on a xed income, you notice when that much money is missing from your account," said the detective. Detective Farless said Bosold, in a threeday period, used the money to make purchases from local businesses. The case remains under investigation, said the OCSO investigator. BHR man facing 11 felony charges The following persons are on Okeechobee's Most Wanted list. There are an active w arrants for these persons. The criteria for making Okeechobee's Most Wanted list is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the w arrant. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Stoppers, y ou have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Timothy Henderson, 37, is a white male, 160 lbs., with blue eyes. He may have shaved his head. He is wanted on a charge of aggravated battery with a weapon (knife). If you see this person, do not approach him. Call the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce at 863-763-3134. Jarrod Neal, is a black male, 155 lbs., 6'0, with black hair and brown eyes. He is wanted on charge of violation of probation (possession of cocaine.) Okeechobee’s Most Wanted Ryan Joseph Bosold Timothy Henderson 2001 Jarrod Neal Timothy Henderson 2007 Local Red Cross seeks disaster volunteersThe American Red Cross is looking for Disaster Services Volunteers for this Hurricane Season! There are 4 main areas where volunteers are needed: Shelter Operations, Mass Care Feeding, Damage Assessment, Administrative Functions. All necessary training is free of charge, and a background check will be required. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help your local community residents in times of disaster, please call your Okeechobee Branch of ce at 863-763-2488.


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The driver of the Ford truck reportedly gave the detective permission to search the vehicle. During that search, the detective’s report stated that a pill crusher and half of a plastic straw were found near the rear passenger seat. The report went on to indicate that Jones was sitting in the area where these items were found. According to the report, the detective then found ve small round blue pills in the crusher. The pills, added the detective, were later identi ed as roxycodone. The detective went on to state in the report that another roxycodone tablet was found in a cigarette pack that was lying on the oor of the truck. During Jones’ interview, he reportedly told the detective that he bought the roxycodone pills for $18 each. The driver of the truck was issued a trafc citation for failure to stop at a stop sign, stated the detective. Man reportedly caught w ith pills, pill crusher 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).  Orrin Tell Wilkerson, 33, N.W. 266th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Howard Pickering on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with grand theft. His bond was set at $10,000.  Lance Hank Tommie, 26, N.W. 39th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 23 by Of cer Charles Green on a Broward County w arrant charging him with felony battery and culpable negligence. He is being held w ithout bond.  Steven Mitchell Alderete, 23, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 23 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation grand theft motor vehicle and violation of probation resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He is being held without bond.  Jamie Douglas, 38, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 23 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee warrant charging him with dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $10,000.  Andrew Buzan, 20, N.W. 64th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 23 by Deputy Arlene Durbin on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with introduction of contraband. He is being held without bond.  Nathaniel Brown Jr., 28, West Fifth Terrace, Pahokee, was arrested Aug. 24 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with giving false veri cation of ownership to a secondary metal recycler. His bond was set at $5,000. 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. Okeechobee Arrest Report Jeremy D. Jones


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Call today, You’ll think your on vacation!(863)467-4317 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $350 monthly or $100 per week. $550 to move in Call 863-634-8954. Ft Drum 1.5BR 1BA trailer for rent on 4 acres. $450/mo. + $450 dep. Call (734)637-2697. Huts For Rental By Owner (863)467-2227 Cell (863)610-0844 Address: 4400 SW 13th Ave #204 The Palm Villas Ranch $700.00 month Seniors Only KISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17503 Broadland Ln. Nice, clean home w/car port and 3 large sheds. $500 mo. + $550 sec. Lawn & Water maintenance included. 317-402-5441 or 863-261-4138. MINT CONDITION 3-2 Double Wide built in 05 $625.00 a month 1st and last. Four Seasons Call Steve 863-801-1739 NEWLY REMODELED Available Immediately 2BR/2BA Double Wide Stove Frig. $700 mo. (863)634-8885 MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, 20’ $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. MobileHomeSale Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 from $499 mo loaded 3/2 from $399 mo loaded Homes on Your Lot $0 Down. 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles2006 DODGE TRUCK Cruise control, one owner, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, diesel, leather, power locks, automatic transmission, loaded, tinted windows $13,000 / rm (863)801-6015 or (863)357-3079 Parts/Repairs 1993 Honda Accord No title, for parts or whole car asking $700 Call 863-697-0813 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FACILITIES MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT CUSTODIAL SERVICES BID NO. 2011-20 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, hereby requests sealed bids to provide the following: SCOPE: • Provide custodial services for one or more of seven (7) Okeechobee County of ce buildings located throughout the county. The contractor will provide all personnel, cleaning materials, cleaning equipment and supplies, including but not limited to trash bags, soaps, polish, cleaners, toilet tissue and paper towels. One (1) hour emergency response time required. Some locations will require one (1) full time on site employee. • The bid will be awarded for a three (3) year period and can be renewed for up to two (2) additional one (1) year terms subject to the agreement of both parties. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE BID AND WILL BE USED TO EVALUATE BIDS: • Cost (building bid forms must be completed) • Cost per square foot (to allow for additions or deletions of areas to be cleaned) • Number of personnel to be used for cleaning • References • Emergency cleaning services contact phone number • List of anticipated subcontracted work and vendor name Please provide bid on County provided bid form in a sealed envelope bearing the name and address of the proposer and the words “OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CUSTODIAL SERVICES BID 2011-20” marked clearly on the outside. Upon award of contract, successful bidder will be required to furnish: Certi cates of insurance coverage’s with minimum $100,000 coverage for Workers Compensation, $300,000 minimum commercial general liability coverage and $300,000 minimum automobile liability coverage, with “Okeechobee County” listed as an additional insured, copies of licenses of all contractors involved in project and a satisfactory background check for all personnel. It is anticipated that these services will go into effect on October 1, 2011. For more information on the buildings and cleaning frequencies and to pick up a bid packet, contact Tony Ard, Facilities Maintenance Director at (863) 357-7007. The sealed bids shall be delivered to: Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse 304 North West 2nd Street, Room 222 Okeechobee, FL 34972 Deadline: September 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. Bids received after that time will be unopened. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibilities for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive errors or informalities and to accept the proposal which, in its judgment, best serves the County’s needs. Okeechobee County is an EOE/Drug Free Workplace. Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Okeechobee Board of Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners County Commissioners 396217 ON 8/28/2011 PublicNotice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: PURSUANT TO F.S. 713.78 ON 9/10/2011 @ 9:00AM SILVERMOON’S TOWING & RECOVERY 3197 NW 20TH TRAIL OKEECHOBEE, FL. WILL SELL THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES AND/OR VESSELS. SELLER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO BID. SOLD AS IS, NO WARRANTY. SELLER GUARANTEES NO TITLE, TERMS CASH. SELLER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY OR ALL BIDS 2004 Dodge Vin: 2B3AD46R34H629793 395995 ON 8/28/2011 Race To The Top and Senate Bill 736 Negotiations The Okeechobee County School Board and Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 will resume negotiations at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, regarding the effects of Race To The Top and Senate Bill 736 on teacher evaluation, and will continue as needed on Friday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m., and Friday, September 16, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. All sessions will be held at the School Board District Of ce at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue and are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 395981 ON 8/28/2011 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. 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Maranda Serrano is a two-year starter, w hile Paige McCrary and Rebekah Bryan w ill earn four-year letters for the Brahmans this year. All of them will be counted on not only for their talent to hit the volleyball, but for other assets like leadership, building camaraderie, and their instincts and con dence. "I'm excited and I look forward to this season," Serrano said, "I think I can be a leader on the team. Everybody else on the team is younger." Serrano said summer practice was called a family reunion by the girls because they get along so well and enjoy being with each other. He said the new players on the squad w ere welcomed with open arms. Serrano started to play volleyball ve y ears ago when she started the seventh grade. She decided to try out for the team, made the squad, and stuck with the sport. She knows this year will be tougher than ever because Okeechobee is no longer in Class 4A, but have jumped to 6A where the schools are a lot better. "Martin County will de nitely be a challenge. There are a lot of dif cult teams on our schedule this year," she added. Serrano said while her main goal is to w in, she also wants to help the younger girls get better so they can compete in future seasons. McCrary is a four-year lettermen on the v olleyball squad. She said this will be her last y ear in school but she thinks the team will do very well. "We are pretty well put together because w e know how each other work and where everybody puts the ball. It's a lot easier that w ay," she noted. Yearling Coach Bruce Conrad urged her to try out for the volleyball squad when she entered the seventh grade and Paige took the advice and really enjoyed the sport. She said when she was younger the older girls helped her and now is her chance to return the favor. "The younger girls look up to us a lot. I will be a good role model for them," she said. Bryan said volleyball has become a tradition for her family. Her older sister was a four-year letter winner for OHS and earned a scholarship to play at Polk Community College. Unfortunately Katie fell off a horse and broke her back and couldn't play in college. Her aunt is a volleyball coach and even her younger sister plays volleyball. Bryan said she hopes to avoid injury and earn a college scholarship next year, "I have played basically my whole life. We all worked hard this summer so I think we will do great." Bryan said her goal is to win another district title and defeat Martin County, who nished second in the state in 2011, and was state champion in 2010. "We are bound and determined to beat them. They are a very hard team. This year things will be harder in 6A but we'll be ready," she concluded. OHS seniors ready to lead volleyball team Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOkeechobee High School volleyball team members (left to right), Maranda Serrano, Rebekah Bryan and Paige McCrary expect to lead another strong volleyball squad to the post season this year.

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