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Publication Date: 10-16-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, October 16, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 124 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.67 feetLast Year: 13.83 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Candlelight vigil remembers those lost to drugs ... Page 14 BHR couple hunts gators ... Page 11 Committee to discuss city park plans ... Page 8 NEWSTORE1865HWY70WWEACCEPTWHENYOUPURCHASEACARWASHAnyRegularly PricedMenuItem!With Coupon Only € Exp. 10/31/1110¢ offa gallon of gas20% offAnyCarWashWith Coupon Only € Exp. 10/31/11$2off8633570106 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppA Community Work Squad consisting of four male inmates from the Okeechobee County Jail walked Eagle Bay Road early Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, lling their bags with trash. So far this year, the crew has picked up 149,620 pounds of trash and 54,560 pounds of tires from the sides of Okeechobee County roads. Driving the truck and supervising the crew is Detention Deputy Justin White. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News So far this year, four inmates at the Okeechobee County Jail who are assigned to a community work squad have picked up over 149,000 pounds of trash from 359 Okeechobee County roads. According to Jail Administrator Ronnie White, the four men work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. going up and down county roadways picking up trash and discarded tires. “They go to one road one day and, if they have time, they go to a second road,” said Mr. White. So far this year, the four men picked up 54,560 pounds of tires and 149,620 pounds of trash from the side of county roads. “They pick up tires every day, load them behind the county jail and take them to the dump when they have enough,” said Mr. White. The land ll fees are paid by the county. Each Monday the inmates load up in a pickup truck and go to all the boat ramps in the county where they pick up trash that has been picked up and bagged by those who have been sentenced to spend their weekends in jail. Mr. White said the Ford pickup and the trailer used by the crew were paid for from the jail’s budget. The crew can also be seen doing various other tasks such as putting up and taking down tents for special events, cleaning up Jail inmate crew tries to keep local roadways cleanSee INMATES — Page 14 Asbury Shorts, New York City’s longest running short lm exhibition, is teaming with Okeechobee native and TV/ lm actor Jimmy Gary, Jr. to present an evening of award winning short lms selected from the world’s top lm festivals on Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Hampton Inn grounds located at 1200 State Road 70 East. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. The show is recommended for ages 16-90 and the public is encouraged to attend. Mr. Gary will serve as the show’s host and this event kicks off his attempt to bring the movie industry to his hometown o f Okeechobee where he was a Parade All American High School football star who went on to play at the University of West Virginia and later the Seattle Seahawks o f the National Football League. Mr. Gary is now a working TV & lm actor living in Brooklyn, N.Y. Film festival coming to Okeechobee Special to the News/ Doug LeClaire"Super Powers" is a six minute comedy about an estranged married couple in NYC who try on super hero costumes to spice up some romance in their lives. The lm will be featured at the festival on Oct. 29. See FILM — Page 14 Gangs ‘tag’ local businesses ... Page 10


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Plans have been made, and permits acquired for the Battle of Okeechobee Monument to be moved from alongside SE US441/98 in Okeechobee to within the new Battle of Okeechobee State Park. The Monument was dedicated in 1939 by the descendants of Col. Richard Gentry and by the Daughters of the American Revolution Cora Stickney Harper Chapter, Ft. Pierce and Seminole Chapter, West Palm Beach. The area was not preserved and the location no longer is a place of honor. In 2007, Okeechobee Chapter, (formed in 1995) recognized that a more tting site would be the State Park. The three chapters are working together to accomplish this relocation. The monument will be the rst permanent installation leading the way for future development. It will be moved during November and will be re-dedicated on Feb. 4, 2012 at 11 a.m. during the Re-enactment of the Battle of Okeechobee weekend. This celebration will be an Event within an Event.' State and local dignitaries have been invited to participate. Elizabeth Gentry Sayad, great, great, granddaughter of Col. Richard Gentry who led the Missouri Volunteers into battle against the Seminoles will be an honored guest and speaker. She will unveil the Monument as she did in 1939 as a little girl. Her young granddaughters will share in this family tradition. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THEATRE I: REALSTEELŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon.3:00 & 7:00 Oct. 14 Oct. 14TH THOct. 20 Oct. 20TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG-13THEATRE II: MONEYBALLŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13THEATRE III: FOOTLOOSEŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 Movie Tickets:Adults $6.50 € Children 12 & under $5.00 € Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies € Matinees $4.50 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. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 3 Okeechobee News October 16, 2011 Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. East northeast wind between 7 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind between 5 and 11 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. East wind between 5 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Monday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind between 5 and 7 mph. Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. South southeast wind between 3 and 11 mph. Okeechobee Weather Okeechobee News/ D. HamiltonRollover accidentOn Friday morning, Oct. 14, at around 8 a.m., an eastbound semi-freightliner on 160th Street carrying orange juice approached the intersection of Hwy. 441. According to Florida State Highway Patrol report, due to heavy fog, the driver failed to stop properly and lost control of the vehicle. The semi rolled over onto its roof and into the ditch that was lled with water from recent storms. The driver, Jeffrey Ingram, 55, of Lake Park, was taken to Raulerson with minor injuries. He was charged with failing to use due care. Battle of Okeechobee monument to be moved Special to the Okeechobee NewsTrash cans surround the Battle of Okeechobee monument on U.S. Highway 441 S.E. Plans call for the monument to be moved to the park where the annual re-enactment is staged.


Mini regatta I just want to say thanks to the Kiwanis Club and everyone else who helped make t he Adam Bryant Mini Regatta such a fun day. And to those whose boats did not stay a oat—the crowd enjoyed your participat ion all the more for your valiant efforts. And t here’s always next year!Lake level All the rainfall north of us is going to help the lake more than the local rainfall did. A ll that water will make its way down the Kissimmee River and into the lake. With the ooding in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes area, they will open all of the ood control s tructures and try to send that water south as fast as they can. That puts the water right into our lake, where we need it.  The Big O went up over half a foot in a c ouple days!  According to a report I saw, they think t he rain from last weekend in the upper bas in, around the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, c ould cause the lake to go up as much as a foot and a half by the time it drains down into Lake Okeechobee. All of the ood cont rol structures are wide open as they try to relieve the ooding in the Orlando area. It’s not enough to get us out of the water shortage, but it’s a help.  A lot of the ooding in the Orlando area c ould have been avoided if they had let the w ater out sooner. They held water in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes when they could have let it out into Lake Okeechobee. Obv iously, the water managers are more conc erned about Orlando than they are about Lake Okeechobee.  Water in the reservoir, aka lake, is really a deceiving issue. The water owing into the lake fell much farther north and will ow t o the lake, but the local groundwater and w etlands that furnish most of the available w ater are still low. With the exception of a w ater intake for OUA, the only people who bene t from water in the lake are those to the south and on the coasts. The lake water only ows by gravity and it is downhill from here.OCRA Pee Wee football Adults need to act as adults. What is wrong is wrong. It does not matter who you are, what you are, how much money you donate, activities your name is on, poor sportsmanship and bully behavior should not be tolerated when it comes to our youth. To not stop poor behavior is in my opinion acceptance. Let’s stop running up the score (30 plus to nothing) and let’s stop allowing a 245 pound child to run the ball against a 120 pound child.  There are plenty of boys playing JR Pee Wee who are 150 pounds and heavier. A LOT heavier. Where is the line drawn?  This is little league sports. This is not college football! The points you score over your opponent is not going to get you any higher ranking.  If you have a 90 pound kid tackled by a 180 pound kid, there is a serious chance of injury. I am also a little concerned that in Okeechobee we have quite a few children under the age of 12 who are nearing or exceeding 200 pounds. Unless they are also 6 feet tall, how can that be healthy?  Football is a contact sport, I am as competitive as the next person however, it is what it is. We can’t start questioning a kids size. If you do not want your 60 lb kid going up against a 100 lb boy then head on over to Pop Warner. Otherwise DEAL WITH IT.  In high school football, it is considered poor sportsmanship to run up the score. If a team is well ahead on the scoreboard, it’s time to send in the B string to get some practice. Do the Pee Wee teams do that? Pull the more experienced players once they are two or three touchdowns ahead and give the bench warmers a chance to play?  In Pop Warner football, they group the kids by weight. In OCRA, they group the kids by age. So parents in Okeechobee have a choice. Personally, I think it is safer if they group them by weight. Young kids get excited and they can hurt someone without meaning to in the excitement of a game. IchabodBy Calvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church 1 Samuel 4:21—“And she named the child Ichabod, saying, the glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. 22 And she said the glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.” Ever since the fall of Jericho, God had been thought of as dwelling in the box. The ark was carried into battle and all of Israel felt that God was there in the box (ark) with them. That is the reason they felt the glory had departed when the Philistines defeated Israel and took the ark with them and set it before their god, Dagon. Years ago, in the days of lower-grade technology, I can recall being in the movie theater when the screen went dark while the sound continued. As high school kids we would scream, clap, holler, and stomp until someone in the projection booth got the picture going again. It was frustrating to have just the sound and not the picture. How sad that many people never respond to the gospel because they’re only hearing the words without the picture. As Paul said elsewhere: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal” (1 Cor. 13:1). But even worse than words without pictures, we have many symbols without words. We carry these symbols into life but we never really understand how they relate to our daily lives. We go to church, open our Bible and go through the motion of worship—but what does it mean? Something important has been lost. Could it be that the glory has departed? HAS RELIGION FAILED US or is working out of the box in which we have tried to contain Him? Remember, Israel tried to keep God in the Ark but God was much bigger than the Ark. I believe America has tried to box God in the churches but He will not stay. How many times have we heard it said by someone, “You Christians need to learn to keep God in the churches.” However, God is simply too great to stay in our churches only! He has refused to do it! My friend, God wants to stay in the entirety of our lives. He will guide us to a victorious Christian life as long as we are busy with the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we think tha t our Christian faith is for Sunday alone, Satan has backed us into our churches, just as h e did Israel at the Red sea, but God met them there just as He will meet us today. In the dark days of World War II, Hitle r had the British army on French soil, backed up against the English Channel, and was pressing down on them for the kill. Thousands of English soldiers would die if the y could not be evacuated; yet evacuation seemed impossible. There were not enough ships to evacuate them before the German army reached them. Somehow the word o f the predicament spread throughout England, and everyone with a boat responded—from large military craft to ferries to personal sailboats to personally owned shing boats, all of England! They crossed the English Channel, loaded as many soldiers as they could hold, took them back across the Channel to England, and then returned for another load. Through this remarkable experience of national unity, the British army was saved. Th e nation throbbed with exultation. By acting as one, the impossible was accomplished and joy reigned unchecked. God will never stay in the box which man assigns Him (See 1 Sam. 5ff.). He stepped out of the Ark (a box) to expand Israel’s ght to the Philistines and He will ght fo r the church. It is foolish to try and contain Him—(Acts 7:48-49): “Howbeit the most High dwelleth no t in temples made with hands; as saith th e prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? Saith the Lord: or what is the place of m y rest?” But if God works within our churches again [As He once did for our Fathers], A RELATIONSHIP WILL IS REQUIRED. We mus t be His children and He must be our God, our life and our inheritance—our everything (Col. 3:3, 4). And if we are to banish the darkness and restore the glory to America, we must carr y the light with us—that Light is the gospel o f Jesus. In John 14:18, Jesus said, “I will no t leave you comfortless.” The word translated comfortless is from the Greek word “orphanos.” This is where we get the English word “Orphans”—we are not orphans; we ar e God’s family. Sunday, October 16, 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. 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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has positively identi ed a population of Giant African land snails (GALS) in Miami-Dade County. The Giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least 500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco, and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans. "Florida faces constant challenges from inv asive pests and diseases that arrive through cargo, travelers' luggage, air currents, and plant and animal agricultural products," said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. "Enlisting the help of the public in the early detection of these pests and diseases is critical to containing and ultimately eradicating them in our state." The Giant African land snail, Achatina fulica, is one of the largest land snails in the world, growing up to eight inches in length and more than four inches in diameter. When full grown, the snail's brownish shell consists of seven to nine whorls (spirals) that cover at least half the length of its long and greatly swollen body whorl. Each snail can live as long as nine years and contains both female and male reproductive organs. After a single mating session, each snail can produce 100 to 400 eggs. In a typical year, every mated adult lays about 1,200 eggs. Achatina fulica is originally from East Africa and has established itself throughout the IndoPaci c Basin, including the Hawaiian Islands. This pest has also been introduced into the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe with recent detections in Saint Lucia and Barbados. The last reported outbreak and eradication of the Giant African land snail in Florida occurred in 1966 when a boy smuggled three Giant African land snails into Miami as pets. The boy's grandmother released the snails into her garden and seven years later, more than 18,000 snails were found costing more than $1 million and taking an additional 10 years to successfully eradicate that infestation. Giant African land snails are illegal to import into the United States without a permit and currently no permits have been issued. Anyone who believes they may have seen a Giant African land snail or signs of its presence should call the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services toll-free at 888-397-1517 to make arrangements to have the snail collected. To preserve the snail sample, Floridians should use gloves to put the snail in a zip lock bag, seal it and place it in a bucket or plastic container. They are advised not to release or give these samples away. For more information on invasive snail species, visit: www.freshfrom orida.com. For more information about the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com or follo w Commissioner Putnam on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 DOES YOUR HOUSE NEED REPAIRS? DO YOU LIVE WITHIN THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE?The City of Okeechobee is pleased to announce the opening of the 2011 CDBG Application Cycle for Housing Rehabilitation Assistance. To qualify, your income, based on household size, must not exceed the following limits: You must own your home in order to qualify and your home must be within the City limits of the City of Okeechobee. If you feel you qualify, please pick up an application at: General Services Department Okeechobee City Hall 55 S.E. Third Avenue Okeechobee, Florida Applications are also available online at www.cityofokeechobee.com For further information on obtaining an application, please contact the General Service Department at 863-763-3372, extension 217. Applications will be taken until November 12, 2011. Applications received after this date will be considered only if funding is available. City of Okeechobee is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer 1 Person 2 People 3 People 4 People 5 People 6 People 7 People 8 People $25,400 $29,000 $32,650 $36,250 $39,150 $42,050 $44,950 $47,850 PUBLISH:10/12,10/14/,10/16/2011, Okeechobee News Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. 5 Okeechobee News October 16, 2011 O keechobee Livestock Market Report Oct. 10 and 11, 2011 Cows Breaking $60.00 $67.00 Cutter $53.00 $59.00 Canner $52.00 $55.00 Bulls 1000-1500 $72.00 $78.00 1500-2000 $71.00 $80.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 597 1123 Cows 93 141 Str 26 4 Hfrs 5 17 Bulls 29 26 Y rlngs 66 87 Mix 0 33 Total 816 1431 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 150-170 250-300 175-190 127-135 300-350 145-175 120-138 350-400 135-165 115-127 400-450 122-140 110-120 450-500 116-132 107-115 550-600 115-121 104-114 600-650 112-122 104-114 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 140-160 115-130 250-300 135-155 115-125 300-350 125-142 105-119 350-400 118-134 102-113 400-450 108-120 100-108You would not believe how much difference rain in Texas would make. I guarantee you $3-$4 calves were $10 higher. Heavier calves $3-$5 higher. Even cows and bulls were $1-$3 higher! And on top of that, we got good much needed rain! Hardie Driggers, Lake Placid, topped the calf market this week with a high of $205 bought by Oak Lake Cattle. Adams Ranch, Ft. Pierce topped the cow market this week with a high of $71 bought by Dairymen's. Check us out at www.Okeechobeelivestockmarket.com. Lemmon Angus Bull Sale Friday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. Little Creek Brangus Bull Sale, Friday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Giant African land snails threaten Florida ecology Special to the Okeechobee News/ Andrew Derksen, Florida Cooperative Pest Survey ProgramThe Giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least 500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco, and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans.


Ladies VFW plans monthly breakfastLadies VFW Auxiliary Buckhead Ridge 9528, at 29012 E. SR 78 will hold their monthly breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a donation of $5.00. We will have sausage, eggs, biscuits & gravy, coffee and juice. Everyone is welcome to join us, open to the public. We would like to thank you in advance. Any questions please call Buckhead Ridge VFW @ 863-467-2882. All monies raised will help the Veterans and their families.Freedom Outreach Ministry holds yard saleOn Sunday, Oct. 16 Freedom Outreach Ministry is having a yard sale at 912 N.W. 2nd Street (two blocks west of the Meat Shoppe) to begin at 9 a.m. Come for furniture, clothing, toys, home decor, electronics, appliances, tools and collectibles, anything and everything. Questions, call Dicky Morse at 863-610-1252.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will meet on Monday, Oct. 17 at noon in the Historical Society Museum Building on Hwy 98. Anyone interested in attending the meeting is welcome! Dues are $10 per year. Just bring in a covered dish to share.Christmas Cantata rehearsal to beginThe Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 13th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, will begin rehearsing this Sunday, Oct. 16 the Christmas Cantata, Joy to All the World, and other seasonal favorites. Rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at Okeechobee Presbyterian, 312 N. Parrott. This cantata was recently composed by Frank & Brooke Carter especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir. All interested singers, both locals and our Northern friends, are invited to participate. The cantata will be presented the weekend before Christmas, Dec. 16, 17, and 18 and tickets will NOT be required for admission. For more information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.Eagles North to host breakfastThe Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N. is having breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 donation is $5 for everything on the menu if you like. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund. You can call us at 863-763-2552.Food Stamp help availableTreasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy 441 SE, on Monday, Oct. 17, from noon. to 2:30 p.m. helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information please call (772) 9713316. Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Oct. 18 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Proceeds bene t to Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-7633378.Eagles North to host bingoEagles North at 9985 U.S. 441 N. is having bingo on Tuesday Oct. 18 from 1 p.m. until? Come play every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t funds.Euchre Tournament resumesThe Euchre tournament will resume for the season on Mondays and Wednesdays. The next tournament will take place on Oct. 17 and 19, at the Village Square Restaurant, at 301 W. South Park St. Play starts at 6:30 p.m. but plan to arrive at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome, even beginners. Call John Munger for information at 863-357-0803.Democratic Council to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council will be having a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20 beginning at 6 p.m., in the meeting room of Beef O' Brady's. We will be nalizing plans for the Jefferson Jackson Dinner which will be Nov. 5, at the KOA beginning at 6:15 p.m. Anyone one interested in attending the meeting is welcome.Class of ‘77 holds 35th ReunionThe Okeechobee High School 35th class reunion will be held on Oct. 21 and 22. On Friday, Oct. 21 6 p.m. (or come after the game) at the KOA Shanty Bar for appetizers and camaraderie! The cost is FREE for Friday, Oct. 21. On Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., the dinner & dance will be held at the KOA Convention Center at 4276 Hwy. 441 S. Cost is $30 per person and dress is casual. Reservations are required. Please call Karen Williamson Cook, 863-763-5101; Bettye Hart Taylor, 863-634-7572; or Toni Bennett Doyle, 863-634-9491. Hope to see you there! 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. George Allen WoodOKEECHOBEE It is with great sorrow that w e announce the sudden passing of George Allen Wood, age 81, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at his residence in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada. Beloved husband, companion and best friend of Nicole, loving father of Glenn, Laurie (Mark) Condie and Allen. Cherished grandfather of Shannon, Courtney, Nathanael, and Noami. George was an avid golfer and a past preseident of the Elliot Lake Golf Club. He will be missed on the greens. This is a sad day for Father Edward Weiss, Sandy Perry, Bonnie and Harold Tremblay, and all our Okeechobee family in Florida. Also, Kathy and Gary Stiritz of Milwaukee. At his request, there will be no service; just a simple cremation. In lieu of owers, a memorial contribution to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by his family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Alternative Funeral Services. At this time the family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to Nancy and Wayne V etor, Susan Kaljonen, and Virg Boilard, the local Paramedic, the police of cers, Dr. M. BrittonFoster and to all who expressed their support at this dif cult time. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News October 16, 2011 By Pete GawdaPete Gawda It’s possible that the City of Okeechobee could soon have another park. The proposed park on city-owned property at the intersection of S.E. Sixth Avenue and S.E. Seventh Street will be the major topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Okeechobee City Council. At the last meeting the topic of a park generated a lot of citizen comments and a divided city council. While only one of the citizens who spoke was against the park, several city council members expressed reservations. The council decided to advertise for citizens to serve on a park committee. As of Friday afternoon, Oct. 14 there were 12 applicants for the park committee. With so many applicants it is possible the council could take action to appoint members to the committee and the committee could soon be meeting. In the only public hearing on the agenda for Tuesday, councilmen will consider adopting an ordinance regarding the 10-year water supply facilities work plan. This a formality required to comply with current state regulations and will not make any new changes that have not already been approved. In other action, the council is expected to:  appoint one member to the code enforcement board as an alternate with a term to expire April 30, 2014;  consider temporarily closing S.W. Fifth Avenue between S.W. Sixth Street and S.W. Seventh Street from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 for the Central Elementary School Fall Carnival;  consider making S.W. Third and S.W. Fourth streets at the Recreational Outreach Center one way from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 12 to accommodate a fund raiser for Buddy Mills;  consider awarding a contract for annual mapping services; and  consider the holiday meeting schedule. City council to discuss proposed park Special to the Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallKiwanis welcomes new memberTop photo: at the Thursday, Sept. 29, Kiwanis meeting which was held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant are left to right, Frank Irby who presented Heather Hancock, a new Kiwanis member, with a badge and explained to her the importance of becoming a Kiwanis member and on the right is Sherri En nger who asked Heather to join. Bottom photo: John Smith with the OK Corral Gun Club spoke to the Kiwanis members while Michele Ritter presented a slide show about the club, which is now open and conveniently located on an 80-acre site just 10 miles Northeast of downtown Okeechobee at 6341 NE 96th Ave. Shooting enthusiasts will enjoy a variety of challenging outdoor shooting and archery venues in comfortable surroundings with modern facilities. Picnic areas with indoor washrooms, a banquet facility, on-site meeting rooms, campsites and shing ponds are also available to members. Pictured are (left to right) John Smith and Michele Ritter with OK Corral Gun Club and J.D. Mixon, Club Vice President. Please visit www.okcorralgunclub.com for an upcoming schedule of events. If you go ...What: Okeechobee City Council When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.


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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A mother, her daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend remain in the Okeechobee County Jail following their arrests for allegedly breaking into a conv enience store. Arrested were: James Richard Baldauf, 37, S.E. 50th Ave.; Kimberly Ann J ohnson, 39, of the same address; and, Karen J. Pinter, 56, of the same address. All three are charged w ith burglary, dealing in stolen property and possession of burglary tools. All three are being held on $15,000 bond each. An arrest report by Ofcer Charles Green, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that he responded to an alarm at the N.E. Park St. store around 2:24 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. When he arrived he reportedly found a glass door shattered and a man, later identi ed as Baldauf, inside the store lling a plastic bag with merchandise. As he arrived at the scene, Of cer Green stated that also he noticed a gold Saturn passenger vehicle pull away from the parking lot of another business located near the convenience store. After getting Baldauf outside the store, the OCPD of cer said he found cigarettes and lottery tickets inside the plastic bag. According to the of cer’s report, two Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) deputies—Justin Akins and Steven McKinley—arrived as back up. When the law enforcement of cers began to talk about the incident, Deputy Akins reportedly said that Baldauf’s girlfriend, Johnson, was possibly involved and that he was familiar with their v ehicle—a gold Saturn. The two deputies allegedly found that vehicle, which is registered to Johnson, parked at a gas station on N.E. Park St. During a search of the vehicle, Of cer Green stated that several packs of cigarettes and a 12-pack of beer were found in the trunk. Also found in the trunk was a lug wrench which, according to Of cer Green, was used by Baldauf to break out the glass door. The of cer’s report said Baldauf apparently tried to take several cases of beer, but dropped most of them and they shattered on the store’s oor. He also took several packs of Marlboro Red 100 cigarettes. Of cers not only found several packs of Marlboro Red 100s in the trunk of the Saturn, but Of cer Green said Pinter was smoking a Marlboro Red 100 when he spoke with her. 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Gangs often spray paint a building wall or a street to convey these messages to other gangs, as well as ordinary citizens. “I can only speculate that recent arrests got them red up,” said Lt. Stark. “Everything had slowed down, until now.” Three male juveniles—two, of which were 14, and one was 15—were arrested by members of the OCSO Street Crimes Unit in the last three weeks for their alleged involvement in tagging incidents. All three were arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. However, because the teens’ actions were gang related, the state attorney’s ofce can have those misdemeanor charges bumped up to felonies. Lt. Stark said the Sept. 21 arrest of one of the 14-year-olds was his fth arrest. “His getting arrested gave him stature in the gang,” the detective pointed out. The lieutenant went on to say there are currently 12 documented criminal street gangs in Okeechobee County, with a total of 487 members and associates. He went on to say that these gangs have members and associates of all ages, starting as young as 8. Lt. Stark asked that this newspaper not publish the names of the gangs indicated in the recent tagging events “to keep from stirring up gang rivalries.” He also asked that when the public sees signs of gang activity, such as tagging, they should call the sheriff’s of ce immediately. Too often, he continued, the incidents remain unreported until they are seen by law enforcement. “The sheriff’s of ce rarely gets calls on gang graf ti,” said Lt. Stark. “If we would get calls, we could possibly stop (the tagging) before it gets out of hand.” To report gang activity contact the sheriff’s of ce at 863-763-3117, or the Okeechobee City Police Department at 863-763-5521. Gangs ‘tag’ city, county businesses Three charged in convenience store burglary James RichardBaldauf Kimberly Ann Johnson Karen J. Pinter


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Event honors those lost to drugs and other substancesOn Thursday, Oct. 27, the Okeechobee County Civic Center will be the site of the Fifth Annual NOPE Task Force Candle Light V igil. A reception will be held at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m., followed by the candle lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. The Honorable J udge Jerald D. Bryant will be the keynote speaker. The vigil is held in memory of those who have lost their lives due to drug and alcohol related incidents and those suffering from the disease of addiction. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 28,000 drug related deaths nationwide last year. “The key to drug prevention is community awareness,” said Paul C. May, Okeechobee County sheriff, sponsor of the NOPE vigil. The misuses of alcohol and illicit drugs are well documented, but few realize the immediate and long-lasting consequences from even a minor miscalculation with prescription drugs.” NOPE Task Force Executive Director, Karen Perry added, “Many lives have been tragically destroyed or lost to the disease of addiction. Too often, this disease is perceived as deserved and shameful, leaving families and friends to grieve in silence or an addict alone to struggle to recover. Only through awareness and openness we can eliminate the prejudice that has followed the disease of addiction.” For more information about NOPE or the Candlelight Vigil, go to www.nopetaskforce.org or call Connie Curry at 863-7633117, ext 5101. The vigil is sponsored by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce and the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. NOPE candlelight vigil to light up the night 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News October 16, 2011 after parades and cleaning and waxing the oors at the Civic Center. The crew also spends a lot of time at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center cleaning stalls and picking up trash in the parking lot. Mr. White said the men are not paid for their work, but they do build up gain time w hich can speed their release from jail. By performing these various tasks they are also saving the county valuable dollars. If the county hired four workers to work the same hours, ve days a week, at the Florida minimum wage level of $7.31 per hour it w ould cost Okeechobee County $60,819.20 per year. The men would be paid the state minimum wage since it is higher than the federal w age of $7.25 per hour. “These guys do an unbelievable job cleaning up roads around the county, and they save the county a lot of money,” said Sheriff Paul May. Mr. White explained that the men labor under the watchful eye of Detention Deputy Justin White and that overseeing the work crew is Deputy White’s job assignment. But, he added, not just anyone can join the work crew. “Their backgrounds are checked and only people who meet the criteria are selected,” said Mr. White. “They send an inmate request to Detention Deputy Lieutenant Scott Deloney. He then reviews their criminal and disciplinary history and assigns them wherever he needs them.” He went on to say that the inmates have to be sentenced to the county jail by the court and cannot have any violent crimes in their background. Two of the current crew members were sentenced to jail for violating their probation on an original charge of grand theft. The other two members were sentenced on drug charges. The program started about eight years ago, said Mr. White. Sheriff May said the jail also had a female work crew, but due to budget constraints that crew was disbanded. However, he added, when times get better, the female crew will be reinstated. INMATESContinued From Page 1 Doug LeClaire, the director of Asbury Shorts New York will be featuring Oscar W inners, Best of the US Festivals and award w inners from the International Film Festival circuit in the two hour show at The Hampton Inn. Start time is 7:30 and attendees should bring a beach chair or blanket! There is a $5 suggested. The proceeds will go to the JJ Films, LLC Student Scholarship Fund, a fund set up by Mr. Gary to help the youth of Okeechobee attain educational goals. FILMContinued From Page 1 Because medical problems delayed her coming into compliance, Lawana Green is petitioning the special magistrate to have her $60,450 ne reduced as low as possible. Under the heading of new business, Ford Drum Investments, which operates Fort Drum Diner, has been cited for installing an air conditioner at the diner without the proper permit. In a case that has been ongoing since April. Florida Prairie, Inc. could be facing a ne if building permits for a primary residence and two sheds have not been applied for. The property in question is located in Viking at 21232 N.W. 252nd St. The Church of God in Christ could also be ned if an unsafe structure on the church’s 715 N.E. Sixteenth Ave. property has not been demolished and the debris removed. Code magistrate to consider ne reduction If you go ...What: Code Enforcement Special Magistrate hearing When: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18 Where: Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1700 N,W, Ninth St.


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13, Okeechobee County commissioners spent a great deal of time discussing various aspects of land use. Land usage discussed varied from a military training site to a county park to application of treated septage. Commissioners received the report from the Department of Defense Joint Land Use Study of the Avon Park Air Force Range. The range is a 106,000 acre training facility in Polk and Highland counties. It is the largest training facility east of the Mississippi River and serves all branches of the military plus other government agencies. The Highland County section is just across the Kissimmee River from Okeechobee County. The report contains recommendations for Okeechobee County that affect the use of land, such as limiting land uses for areas nearest the range, and requiring disclosure notices and establishing height limits and lightning criteria for other areas near the range. Commissioners also directed staff to consider the recommendations. Commissioner Joey Hoover stressed that the recommendations of the land use study are recommendations to the county, they are not dictates from the federal government. In past years, before three of the current commissioners were on the board, there w as considerable debate on the topic of land application of treated septage. A 750 ft. buffer was required between any application site and adjoining property. There were also distance requirements from occupied structures. These regulations were considerably in excess of state regulations and resulted in a lawsuit by a licensed applier. The litigation dragged on and was eventually dropped. There were also ordinances regulating the trucks that hauled the material. Some time ago, during an executive session in connection with the litigation, the board retained Jordan Peccia, Ph.D. P.E., from Yale University, Department of Chemical Engineering to review the county’s code and make recommendations. “He came out with a fairly good analysis,” Mr. Cassels said. Dr. Peccia recommended the 750 ft. buffer remain in place. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper was hesitant to reduce current regulations. “I have seen the result of what DEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) thought was safe,” he asserted. Commissioner Ray Domer was in favor of using state regulations which would require no county enforcement. The county ordinance might become a moot point for most of the county. Gary Ritter, director of the South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service Center, said there was much discussion among state agencies about banning the importation of treated septage into the Lake Okeechobee basin. While there was no formal vote, Mr. Cassels took his cue from the majority opinion and will bring back a proposed ordinance to do away with the 750 foot setback. OKee-Tantie Campground and Marina, which has been under utilized for several years due to unrepaired hurricane damage was also a topic of discussion. Commissioners looked at ve master plans that were developed by Applied Technology & Management, Inc. The cost of developing any of these plans is unknown at this time. Commissioners discussed the features of the plans and directed staff to research the matter further. In other action, the board:  endorsed Work Force Solutions’ twoyear plan with Commissioner Joey Hoover voting no because no gures were produced as to the economic impact on Okeechobee County;  received the Florida Department of Transportation ve-year work plan;  appointed John Wesley Abner, Jr. to the construction industry licensing board with a term to end March 21, 2012; and  discussed an ordinance on placing tobacco products behind the counter and out of the hands of youth and directed the county attorney to draft an ordinance. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commissioners discuss county land use 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BUYER BROKERAGE REALTY OF OKEECHOBEE P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497 CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. 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MLS #205025 € UNDER CONTRACT 2 BD/2BA MH $10,500 MLS #205236 15 Okeechobee News October 16, 2011 The 2011 Annual Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Parade are scheduled for Dec. 10. Main Street is taking applications now for both the festival and the parade. Booth fees are as follows: regular vendor, $50 per space; food vendor, $75; non-pro t, $20 if you are in competition with vendors; there will be no charge for booth spaces for nonpro t organizations. If you would like to participate, need an application or further information, please call the Main Street Of ce (863) 357-6246. Christmas Festival and Parade planned Vendors invited


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Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Jennifer Cannon at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3074. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Special Magistrate Code Enforcement 400104 ON 10/16/2011 NOTICE OF CERTIFICATION OF TAX ROLL Pursuant to Section 193.122, Florida Statutes, W.C. Sherman, Property Appraiser of Okeechobee County hereby gives notice that the 2011 Tax Roll for Okeechobee County was certi ed and extended to the Tax Collector on the 13th day of October 2011, for the collection of Taxes. 400432 ON 10/16/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2011-CP-117 Division: Probate IN RE: THE ESTATE OF STANLEY LEO CANTRELL, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of STANLEY LEO CANTRELL deceased, who died on or about December 16, 2008, and whose social security number is, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. 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 733.702 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 October 14th, 2011. Personal Representative: Wilma Cantrell 2031 North West 38th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 Attorney for Personal Representative: JEFFREY A. FADLEY, P.A. Fla. Bar No. 035667 Attorney for Petitioner 807 South West 2nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL. 34974 Telephone: (863) 763-5733 Facsimile (863) 763-6199 400401 ON 10/16,23/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2011-CP-083 Division: Probate IN RE: THE ESTATE OF HAZEL MAE JONES Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of HAZEL MAE JONES, deceased, who died on February 19, 2011, and whose social security number is is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. 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 PublicNotice Guns/Supplies For Sale 45 cal. semi auto Hand Gun Private Owner Call 863-467-4947 Pets/Supplies Y ORKIE PUPS Tiny toy males, 8 wks.shots, health cert.papers. Adorable little butterballs “Must See Don’t miss Out” $450 cash. 863-610-2725/ looskin@aol.com. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Tack &Supplies2 Horse Thoroughbred Aluminum Tandem Axle Turnbow Horse Trailer $12,000 Call 863-634-9393 if no answer please leave message. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 2 BD/1BA Duplex in town. No Pets! First, Last and Security. $550.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 AFFORDABLE APART. 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